Funding provided by the District of West Kelowna and the Okanagan Basin Water Board
The Water Master Plan Steering Committee has concluded its consultation with the community and stakeholders:
In summary, the committee is recommending:
Options in priority order are 2, 4 and 6.
Update Water Master Plan in 5 years and re-confirm water treatment alternatives.
Begin implementation in 2014.
Option selection should not adversely impact agriculture.
Council is expected to make a decision on the water system investment plan in early 2014.
The Water Master Plan Steering Committee met several times to discuss options to meet the municipality’s current and future water infrastructure needs.
The committee presented the options to the public from September 26 to October 18:
Thanks to all who participated.
At the April 23, 2013 meeting, Council directed staff to undertake the Water Utility Master Plan Public Outreach Program.
Terms of Reference for the process were presented to Council for consideration at the May 14, 2013 meeting.
The aim of the public consultation process was to educate the public on water quality, supply and distribution and associated costs and revenue requirements and to capture feedback to shape the final Water Utility Master Plan.
The consultation plan included:
Appointment of a steering committee;
Presentations to special interest groups;
Public open houses;
Outreach feedback forms/surveys; and,
A report to Council on outcomes.
PROCESS PRIOR TO PUBLIC INPUT PHASE
Council adopted a Water Conservation Plan on January 22, 2013. The plan, and the strategies and targets contained within, will be integrated into the Water Utility Master Plan.
To view the Water Conservation Plan, please click here.
A draft Water Utility Master Plan has been created and will be presented to the public and stakeholders for feedback purposes. Following the consultation process, a final draft will be created and presented to Council for consideration of adoption.
The following District of West Kelowna water systems are being integrated in the Water Utility Master Plan:
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE WATER MASTER PLAN
Development of a Water Utility Master Plan is a key objective in Council's Strategic Priorities. The plan will establish guiding principles for an integrated water utility structure to serve current and future needs.
The plan will provide a 20-year implementation strategy that will support:
The District of West Kelowna has hired AECOM to assist staff in completing the plan.
SCOPE OF WORK
The intent of the study work is to develop a comprehensive Water Utility Master Plan that will ultimately guide the operation, maintenance, upgrading and expansion of several different water utilities under one operating authority - the District of West Kelowna.
This plan must establish the existing infrastructure assets of each utility, assess the condition of these assets, and identify any deficiencies that affect the immediate and long-term function of these assets. The data gathered through these processes will be utilized to establish common maintenance/operating practices, future capital improvements, and assist with updating strategic priorities related to water utility infrastructure planning.
For more information on the Water Utility Master Plan, please contact Project Engineer Rob Hillis at 778-797-2247 or email email@example.com.