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Regional District of North Okanagan Launches Water Vote 2014

Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) has launched a new web portal to provide information to Greater Vernon Water electors on the upcoming Borrowing Referendum. This November 15th, Greater Vernon Water service area electors will be asked if they are in favour of borrowing $70 million to fund the priority infrastructure projects outlined in the Master Water Plan (MWP).

Online at www.rdno.ca/water, customers can find the full MWP document, as well as project summaries. The MWP is a planning document with a forty year horizon that provides guidance to Greater Vernon Water (GVW) in order to meet provincial health standards and sustainably manage current and future water demands. Of the projects recommended in the MWP, six were identified as priorities to be completed within the next seven years. These priority projects are the projects that will be funded with the $70 million dollars if the Borrowing Referendum is successful.

The introductory Water Vote 2014 web page features a two page summary that addresses how the referendum outcome would affect water quality, human health, and water supply. The site also features an interactive map to learn the basics of each project including timelines for completion, estimated costs, and how the projects benefit the system as a whole. For those wishing to learn about each priority project in greater detail, links are available to the ten technical memorandums that make up the MWP.

For further information, please contact the RDNO at 250-550-3700 or at [email protected].