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Application deadline extended for Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group

Posted Monday, October 1, 2018

Interested in the environment, agriculture, recreation, or economic development in the Swan Lake area? The Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group could be a great volunteer opportunity for you! To ensure robust and diverse community participation, the application deadline has been extended to October 26, 2018. 
The working group will inform and support the move toward construction of the North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Project, which would provide sewer to residences and businesses in the Swan Lake corridor, the Township of Spallumcheen’s south-east industrial area, and portions of Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) IR4.
Approximately five to seven community volunteers will be selected to work with project partners from the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO), Township of Spallumcheen, and OKIB. Applicants will be selected to reflect a mix of members from all sectors and service area locations.
The working group’s first tasks are to help build public awareness about the project and to inform RDNO property owners within the proposed service area about a petition starting this fall. If the petition succeeds  and if senior government grant funding is awarded  the Working Group will then begin gathering community input on project design, construction, and start-up.

If this opportunity interests you:
1. Visit the webpage at www.rdno.ca (Wastewater Recovery Project) to learn more. 
2. Review the Working Group Terms Of Reference on the webpage. 
3. Submit the Application Form on the webpage before October 26, 2018.

Successful applicants will be announced in November.

BACKGROUND
The North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Project is a unique partnership involving the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO), Township of Spallumcheen, and Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB). Intended to improve water and soil quality, support agriculture, enhance recreation, and enable suitable economic development, the $36.9-million project would provide wastewater collection and treatment facilities and a distribution network to bring reclaimed water to area farmers. The project would service RDNO Electoral Area “B” and “C” residences and businesses in the Swan Lake corridor, the Township of Spallumcheen’s south-east industrial area, and portions of Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) IR4.
The project is contingent on senior government grant funding ($24.3 million) and approval from RDNO property owners within the service area for long-term borrowing ($5.2 million). The remainder of funding for the project would be provided by an Okanagan Basin Water Board Sewerage Facilities Assistance Grant ($5.9 million) and Township of Spallumcheen reserves ($1.5 million).

The partners have taken many steps to ensure the project is shovel-ready should senior government and RDNO funding be approved. These include signing a detailed Memorandum of Understanding, submitting a grant application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, identifying a potential location, and developing a plan of action for public information and engagement.

For more information, please visit the Wastewater Recovery Project webpage at www.rdno.ca (Wastewater Recovery Project).