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Wastewater Recovery Project

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Why do we need a wastewater recovery system?

  • Water quality assessments have shown that many area septic systems are leaching contaminants into Swan Lake, thereby impacting water and soil quality, bird habitat, and recreational use of the corridor.
  • A wastewater recovery system would address these concerns, provide much-needed irrigation water for area growers, and support suitable commercial and industrial development in the area zoned for those purposes.

Project at a Glance

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PUBLIC INPUT OPPORTUNITIES
Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group Terms of Reference
Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group Application Form

NEWS RELEASES

March 18, 2019: Community Support for Sewer Project Confirmed
January 24, 2019: Strong Interest in community sewer shown at RDNO petition open house
January 15, 2019: RDNO Area B and C Property Owners in Proposed Service Area: Watch Your Mailbox for Swan Lake Corridor Sewer Petition
December 18, 2018, Petition of Area B and C property owners the next step toward community sewer for Swan Lake Corridor
November 26, 2018: Volunteers Announced for the Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group
Aug 27, 2018: MOU and Grant Application next big steps
Oct 10, 2017: North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Project Phase 2 Funding
Nov 16, 2015: Master Wastewater Recovery Plan Update
Oct 13, 2015: Master Wastewater Recovery Plan Launch

PROJECT UPDATES
June 19, 2018: Next steps are to complete feasibility study and secure funds

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Proposed Service Area Map
2018 Memorandum of Understanding
2018 Phase 2 Feasibility Study (Coming soon)
2016 Phase 1 Feasibility Study
2015 Memorandum of Understanding

Key Project Stakeholders

The Wastewater Recovery Project is being undertaken by the following key stakeholder groups:

  • Partnership Committee (elected officials and senior staff from RDNO, Spallumcheen, and OKIB

ROLE: To steer the project and make key project decisions

  •  Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group (Partnership Committee members along with members representing community, environmental, agricultural, and business interests)

ROLE: To build community awareness/participation in the process and to inform project outcomes

  • Technical Team (local government staff along with technical and communications/engagement consultants)

ROLE: To inform, undertake and oversee the project

  • Communications/Engagement Team (key project stakeholders and communications/engagement consultants

ROLE: To optimize internal and external communication and engagement

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

A Partnership between the RDNO, Township of Spallumcheen and Okanagan Indian Band

The North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Project is a unique and innovative partnership between the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO), Township of Spallumcheen and Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) to explore ways to build an efficient and affordable wastewater collection and recovery system to serve the environment, area residents and businesses well into the future.

Launched in 2015, the collective goal is to address concerns over environmental degradation of Swan Lake, the challenges of drought-conditions for local agriculture and the limited ability to sustainably meet the demands for industrial, commercial and residential growth in the area.

If grant funding is approved, the project would provide wastewater service to residences and businesses in portions of RDNO Areas B and C, the Township of Spallumcheen’s south-east industrial area, and to OKIB IR#4 at the north end of Swan Lake and have the capacity to expand to meet future demand.

 

ABOUT PROJECT FUNDING

Project timing is ideal, given the potential availability of grants that would cover more than 80 percent of funding.

If approved, a recent grant application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program would cover $24.3 million, or about 66 percent of the total $36.9 million cost. Additional funding sources include an Okanagan Basin Water Board Sewage Facilities Assistance Grant (SFA) grant ($5.9 million), Township of Spallumcheen reserves ($1.5 million) and RDNO borrowing ($5.2 million).

The RDNO Local Service Area petition for borrowing its $5.2 million share of the total project was successful earlier this spring. The petition passed the two required tests, with 63% of the parcels, and 78% percent of the value voting in favour.

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RECENT SUCCESSES

Community Support for Sewer Project Confirmed
March 18, 2019

Sewer service for the Swan Lake Corridor took a major step forward as the majority of property owners signed the petition showing their support for the project.

The petition for the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) share of funding is one of many required steps to develop the North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Project. The bylaw will now be sent to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval. With this approval, the RDNO will be able to establish a local service area and proceed with borrowing $5.2 million if the federal/provincial grant application for $24.3 million is approved.

The RDNO petition had to pass two tests to achieve approval from the community: the owners of at least 50 percent of the parcels liable to be charged for the proposed service had to sign the petition, and the signed petitions had to represent at least 50 percent of the net taxable value of all land and improvements within the proposed service area.

The petition passed both tests, with 63% of the parcels, and 78% percent of the value voting in favour.

Strong interest in community sewer shown at RDNO petition open house
January 24, 2019

  • More than 130 Area B and C property owners attended an open house Tuesday to learn about the North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Project in general and the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) petition in particular.
  • Attendees spoke with elected officials, RDNO and Urban Systems staff, and Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group members about project benefits, the proposed service area, and treatment system components and locations. For more information, view the open house display boards.

Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group
November 26, 2018

A big “THANK YOU” to this new group, whose primary project goals are environmental protection and sustainable economic development in the Swan Lake Corridor.

Back left to right: Leith Skinner (outdoorsman/environmentalist); Ray Ivey (Area C Advisory Planning Commission / Swan Lake Local Area Plan Advisory Committee); Bob Fleming (Area B Director); Doug Neden (retired water and wastewater professional); Betty Holtskog (Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner); Mike Broersma (dairy farmer); and Anita Rea (Spallumcheen resident with community development experience) Leah Mellott (General Manager of Electoral Area Administration, RDNO). Front back to right: Marnie Williamson (North Okanagan Naturalists Club); Amanda Shatzko (Area C Director); and Christine LeMaire (Spallumcheen Councillor). Missing: Christine Fraser (Spallumcheen Mayor) and Alan Short (Avenue Machinery).

  • Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group: Environmental protection and sustainable economic development in the Swan Lake Corridor are the primary goals of the newly established Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group

    A strong response to the call for volunteers resulted in a good mix of applicants from all sectors, interests, and area locations. The working group met for the first time November 29, 2018, with elected officials and staff from the partner organizations. As well as learning more about the project and their role moving forward, working group members also visited the proposed treatment plant location on L&A Cross Road and nearby potential water storage sites.

    The group’s first task was to help build public awareness about the project in general and to bring attention to a petition of Area B and C property owners within the proposed service area. The petition determined that property owners support borrowing $5.2 million over 20 years.

    If senior government grant funding is awarded, the Working Group members will then begin gathering community input on project design, construction, and start up.

    All eight candidates were approved November 14, 2018, by the Partnership Team, which includes RDNO, Township of Spallumcheen, and OKIB. Working group members include:
    • Alan Short (Avenue Machinery)

    • Anita Rea (Spallumcheen resident with a background in community development)

    • Betty Holtskog (Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner)

    • Douglas Neden (Retired Water and Wastewater Professional)

    • Leith Skinner (Outdoorsman / Environmentalist)

    • Marnie Williamson (North Okanagan Naturalists Club)

    • Mike Broersma (Dairy Farmer)

    • Ray Ivey (Member of Area “C” Advisory Planning Commission and Swan Lake Local Area Plan Advisory Committee)

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Project partners signed an MOU outlining administrative, ownership, decision-making, cost recovery, and operations and management arrangements.
  • Grant Application: A $24.3 million funding request for 66% of the $36.9 million total project cost was submitted to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program on August 29, 2018. The remaining amount is proposed to be funded through the Okanagan Basin Water Board Sewerage Facilities Assistance Grant ($5.9 million), Township of Spallumcheen reserves ($1.5 million) and RDNO borrowing ($5.2 million).
    It’s important to note that the project will not proceed without grant funding.
  • Property Purchase: The Township of Spallumcheen bought a 2.5-acre site on L&A Cross Road that could accommodate the wastewater recovery plant. The Township also secured a 99-year lease for reclaimed water storage from a nearby property owner and arranged a partnership with an existing biosolids composting facility near the project site.

Important Q&As

Q: What is the project?

A: The North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Project is a partnership launched in 2015 by the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO), Township of Spallumcheen, and Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) to provide sewer service to residents and businesses in portions of RDNO Electoral Areas B and C, the Township of Spallumcheen’s south-east industrial area, and parts of OKIB IR#4 at the north end of Swan Lake.

This collaborative approach will:

  • Protect Swan Lake water quality
  • Support local agriculture with reclaimed water
  • Provide development opportunities for residential and commercial/industrial properties within the proposed service area (with supportive zoning)
  • Enable appropriate and sustainable economic development in all three jurisdictions
  • Enhance recreational use of the corridor

Also in 2015, the partners commissioned Urban Systems to explore technical aspects of the project. The resulting feasibility studies outlined collective objectives and potential land uses, service levels, engineering approaches, costs, governance models, and financial frameworks. It also summarized project components, including:

  • Wastewater collection and transmission system
  • Wastewater treatment and recovery facility
  • Treated water storage ponds
  • Irrigation and water-reuse distribution lines
  • Biosolids composting

Project partners agreed from the beginning that for the project to be viable, user fees for potential residential, commercial, and industrial customers must be comparable with what other jurisdictions are charging for similar services. This can only be achieved with federal and provincial grant funding and other financial partnerships.

The $36.9 million project depends on funding from the following sources:

  • $24.3 million from the federal/provincial Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
  • $5.9 million from the Okanagan Basin Water Board
  • $5.2 in long-term RDNO borrowing approved by petition of Area B and C property owners within the proposed service area
  • $1.5 million from Township of Spallumcheen reserves

Decisions about project funding should be made in 2019. If funding is approved, the project will proceed to the design phase where engineering and construction details will be finalized with input from the volunteer Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group to ensure that community wants and needs are reflected in project outcomes.

Q: What are the benefits for residents?  

A: RDNO heard loud and clear at the Swan Lake Commercial Area & Neighbourhood Plan open houses that area residents are interested in the opportunities a community sewer system would bring. Survey results from the June 2018 Open House event indicate that 76 percent of respondents support a sewer system, primarily for environmental and economic reasons.

More specifically, connecting to community sewer would:

  • Increase property values and market appeal
  • Avoid costly septic system malfunctions
  • Provide opportunities to subdivide larger lots in non-ALR areas
  • Allow for wider range of commercial and industrial uses
  • Allow for the development of secondary suites and carriage homes (with zoning amendments)

Q: What are the benefits for businesses?

A: The RDNO’s Regional Growth Strategy predicts that more than one-third of existing businesses will expand over the next ten years, and that serviced land is a key factor. With sewer, commercial and industrial property owners would have more development and subdivision opportunities. And those businesses currently pumping and hauling waste would have a reliable and practical alternative.

Q: What would this mean for the environment?

A: Historically, septic systems have been used to treat residential, commercial, and industrial wastewater in the Swan Lake corridor. Water quality assessments in 2015 and 2016 showed that many aging septic systems are leaking contaminants into Swan Lake, thereby contributing to the degradation of water quality and bird habitat.

Q: How would the project support agriculture?

A: A Regional Growth Strategy goal is to “explore opportunities to expand the use of reclaimed water for agriculture in a safe, cost effective, and efficient manner.”  The proposed wastewater recovery system would provide much-needed irrigation water for area growers during the hot summer months. A potential treatment plant site on L&A Cross Road would enable easy distribution of reclaimed water. The plant would also produce biosolids that could be composted at a nearby facility and then used on agricultural land. Serviced land could enable and encourage increased agritourism, which is also a Regional Growth Strategy goal.

All members of the Regional Agricultural Advisory Committee support the project and welcome the benefits it would bring.

Q: How would the project enhance recreational use of the corridor? 

A: The water quality of Swan Lake directly impacts its use as a recreational amenity for both residents and visitors alike. Cleaner water would encourage more rowers, kayakers, and paddlers to enjoy the lake’s many unique features. Enhanced fish and wildlife habitat would attract birdwatchers and people who enjoy fishing.

Q: How about the overall economic advantages
A: 
As called for in the Regional Growth Strategy, the three project partners are eager to collaborate on economic development and business attraction. However, economic development in RDNO Electoral Areas B and C, the Township of Spallumcheen’s south-east industrial area, and OKIB IR4 are all hindered by the corridor’s lack of sewer. Ideal for commercial and light industrial uses, with its proximity to major highways, the corridor requires a community sewer system to optimize opportunities for existing businesses and provide practical and affordable infrastructure for new businesses.

Q: Is this a good time to build the project?  

A: Given that Swan Lake and area residents and businesses are calling for sewer service, and that grant funding could cover more than 80 percent of total project costs, this is an ideal time to build the project. This historic opportunity would bring wastewater treatment to the area at a reasonable cost to both residential and commercial/industrial property owners.

Q: Where is the proposed service area?
A: The proposed service area includes portions of RDNO Electoral Areas B and C, the Township of Spallumcheen’s south-east industrial area, and parts of OKIB IR4 north of Swan Lake.

 

Q: Where would the treatment plant be located?

A: If grant funding is approved, the treatment plant could be built on a 2.5-acre site recently purchased by the Township of Spallumcheen. Zoned for industrial use, and with no residential zoning nearby, the property is located at 67B L&A Cross Road. The Township also secured a 99-year lease for reclaimed water storage from a nearby property owner and arranged a partnership with an existing biosolids composting facility near the project site.

Q: What would the wastewater recovery system include?

A: The wastewater recovery system would include collection and transmission infrastructure, a wastewater recovery facility, effluent storage ponds, an irrigation and water re-use network, and biosolids composting.

Q: What type of plant would be built?

A: The wastewater treatment plant would use conventional screening and grit-removal technology, followed by membrane bio-reactors. These types of reactors have come into widespread use over the last 20 years. Extremely fine-pore membranes are used to filter out the smallest of particles, resulting in very clear contaminant-free effluent. The water would then be disinfected with ultraviolet light, making it safe for public exposure and suitable for agricultural irrigation.

Q: Will the wastewater recovery system produce any odours?
A: While wastewater treatment plants do generate odours, this project would have a high level of wastewater treatment, including the latest in indoor air filtration systems to minimize any potential odours. The system would be designed to reduce odours by having process reactors in enclosed buildings, using gas sensors to activate fans and gas oxidation systems and filtering the exhaust air before it leaves the building.

Q: What about biosolids?
A: The treatment plant would also process biosolids using ‘digestion’ technology. The digested biosolids would be taken to an existing nearby biosolids composting facility. It would be mixed with wood chips and the finished compost applied to agricultural operations in the region as is currently done.

Q: How long would it take to build the system?
A: There are a number of factors influencing the project schedule. For starters, the project will not proceed without the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant for $24.3 million. If funding is approved, the project would then enter detailed design phase, followed by construction and start-up. It is estimated this work would take four to five years.

Q: If the project proceeds, how long would it take before Swan Lake water quality improves?
A: 
As determined by water quality assessments conducted in 2015 and 2016, malfunctioning septic systems are contributing to the degradation of Swan Lake water quality. Because water circulates fairly quickly in the lake, it is estimated that water quality would improve within five years of the wastewater recovery system being commissioned.

Q: As a residential property owner, would I be required to connect?
A: 
Residential property owners within the corridor will not be forced to connect. Residential properties will be encouraged to tie in through reasonable user fees and other incentives, but the three participating local governments have agreed that connection will be voluntary.

Q: Will businesses have to connect?
A: Yes, all commercial and industrial operations within the proposed service area will be required to connect.

Q: Can properties abutting the proposed service area be included in the initial phase?
A: 
The service area for Phase 1 is fixed at this time. If, however, nearby property owners would like to connect to the system, they would need to follow a similar, but separate, petition process for their properties and surrounding neighbours who want to join.

Q: How much would the system cost?
A: A feasibility study prepared by Urban Systems estimated the total project cost at $36.9 million. If approved, a recent grant application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program would cover $24.3 million, or about 66 percent of the total cost. The remaining amount is proposed to be funded by RDNO borrowing ($5.2 million), an Okanagan Basin Water Board grant ($5.9 million), and Township of Spallumcheen reserves ($1.5 million).

The RDNO Local Service Area petition for borrowing its $5.2 million share of the total project was successful in early spring 2019. The petition passed the two required tests, with 63% of the parcels, and 78% percent of the value voting in favour.

 

Q: Who are the project partners?
A: Partner organizations include the Regional District of North Okanagan, Township of Spallumcheen, and Okanagan Indian Band. Collaborative and cost-sharing Memorandums of Understanding were developed in 2015 and updated in 2018 to formalize factors such as administrative functions, ownership of sewer works, decision-making authority, operations and system management, allocation of plant capacity, capital costs recovery, and wastewater recovery regulations.

Q: Why is the partnership so important?
A: 
The partnership offers four significant benefits:

  • It provides an opportunity to turn wastewater into a valuable resource with positive environmental, agricultural, recreational, and economic impacts for all three jurisdictions.
  • It ensures ownership, operations, and costing flexibility to meet each jurisdiction’s needs.
  • It is best suited for senior government funding opportunities that recommend local government collaboration.
  • It guarantees input from all jurisdictions through the Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group, thereby ensuring diverse community wants and needs are reflected in project outcomes.

Q: What are the benefits of the project to each partner?
A: All jurisdictions will benefit from the overall environmental, agricultural, recreational, and economic improvements and the opportunities the project provides. Project outcomes support guiding principles outlined in the Regional Growth Strategy, including the protection of environment and natural lands and the promotion of water stewardship, agriculture and food systems, sustainable economic development, and collaborative service delivery on a regional scale.

RDNO Electoral Areas B and C: Project outcomes reflect objectives laid out in the new Swan Lake Commercial Area & Neighbourhood Plan. The project would support appropriate residential and commercial development through infilling, while helping to improve environmental integrity and maintain the rural feel of the area. Other potential positive impacts are increased economic activity and recreational use of the corridor. Future zoning amendments could enable the development of more affordable housing units such as secondary suites and carriage houses on properties with sewer.

Township of Spallumcheen: The project supports goals outlined in the Township’s Official Community Plan, which are to encourage sustainable economic development while preserving the agricultural land base, rural character, and environmental attributes. Wastewater recovery will enable existing businesses to grow and new businesses to locate in the area, thereby increasing the types of business and numbers of jobs available. Increased commercial/industrial taxation from these expanded and new businesses will help support the delivery of other important community services.

Okanagan Indian Band: OKIB has undeveloped land in IR#4 within the proposed service area that would be well served by the Wastewater Recovery Project. While Electoral Areas B and C and the Township of Spallumcheen would be serviced initially, OKIB plans to connect in the future.

Q: Who would own the system?
A: As outlined in the 2018 Memorandum of Understanding, system ownership would be divided into two categories: common works and attributable works.

Common works would include the:

  • Wastewater recovery plant
  • Lines from the plant to the storage ponds
  • Storage ponds
  • Supply lines to Swan Lake and irrigation fields
  • Railway and highway crossings and short stubs of major collection systems trunks leading into the wastewater recovery plant

Initially, only the RDNO and the Township of Spallumcheen would connect to the common works, with each paying 50 percent of net costs at the time of construction. OKIB plans to connect in the future, and would then pay one-third of net costs.

Attributable works would include wastewater collection lines, lift stations, pump stations, and force mains owned by and located in each jurisdiction. Each party can decide if it wants to operate and maintain the system with its own staff, contract with RDNO, or contract with another entity.

Q: What’s being done to inform and engage the community?

A:  Community awareness and input are key to a successful project. To that end, the project featured:

An open house January 22, 2019 to inform Electoral Areas B and C property owners about the project in general and the RDNO petition in particular.

A webpage at www.rdno.ca (Wastewater Recovery Project) with all project information…please share this with anyone you think might be interested in the project!

A Wastewater Recovery Community Working Group to help guide the process. The group’s first task was to build community awareness of the RDNO petition. The group reflects a good mix of volunteers from all sectors, interests, and service area locations, and includes: 

  • Alan Short (Avenue Machinery Corp)
  • Anita Rea (Spallumcheen Stepping Stones)
  • Betty Holtskog (Registered Onsite Wastewater Practitioner)
  • Douglas Neden (Former Wastewater Professional)
  • Leith Skinner (Outdoorsman/Environmentalist)
  • Marnie Williamson (North Okanagan Naturalist Club)
  • Mike Broersma (Dairy Farmer)
  • Ray Ivey (Electoral Area C Advisory Planning Committee)

Frequent news releases and ads to increase awareness…check the website regularly and/or sign up for Project Update emails by subscribing to www.rdno.ca (Mailing Lists).

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Historically, septic systems have been used to treat residential, commercial, and industrial wastewater in the Swan Lake corridor. Water quality assessments have shown that many of these systems are leaching contaminants into Swan Lake, thereby impacting surface and groundwater quality, bird habitat, and recreational use of the corridor.

Additionally, economic development in RDNO Areas B and C, the Township of Spallumcheen’s south-east industrial area, and OKIB IR4 are all compromised by the corridor’s lack of sewer. Ideal for commercial and light industrial uses, the corridor requires a wastewater treatment plant and reclaimed water storage sites to optimize business growth. Wastewater recovery and reuse would also benefit agriculture in the area, as growers require additional sources of irrigation water during the hot summer months.

MEMORANDUMS OF UNDERSTANDING (2015/2018)

In 2015, to further explore these challenges and opportunities, RDNO, Spallumcheen, and OKIB formalized a collaborative, cost-sharing Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the following objectives and guiding principles.

OBJECTIVES

  • Preserve Swan Lake and surrounding wetlands; and
  • Improve opportunities for economic development. 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Wastewater is a resource.
  • Collaboration and the sharing of human and financial resources achieves better results.
  • Respect for each partner’s mandates and decision-making processes strengthens the partnership.
  • Open and transparent communication among the parties and with the public optimizes project support and success.

An updated and more detailed and action-focused MOU entitled Provision of Wastewater Recovery Facilities and Services has been signed and outlines factors such as administrative functions, ownership of sewer works, decision-making authority, operations and systems management, allocation of plant capacity, capital costs recovery, and wastewater recovery regulations.

The 2015 Memorandum of Understanding was signed by RDNO Area C and B Directors Mike Macnabb (left) and Bob Fleming (right), OKIB Chief Byron Louis, and Spallumcheen Mayor Janice Brown.
The 2015 Memorandum of Understanding was signed by RDNO Area C and B Directors Mike Macnabb (left) and Bob Fleming (right), OKIB Chief Byron Louis, and Spallumcheen Mayor Janice Brown.

GOVERNANCE

As documented in the 2015 MOU, collaborative governance of the project:

  • Increases leverage when applying for provincial and/or federal funding;
  • Facilitates the development of consistent and integrated plans, policies, and programs; 
  • Ensures an integrated approach to public outreach and engagement; and                                                                                                                                       
  • Sets the stage for future collaborations.

Governance structures, functions, and jurisdictional roles and responsibilities are outlined in the 2018 MOU.

PHASING

  • Phase 1, undertaken between 2015 and 2016, explored options for providing wastewater treatment in the Swan Lake corridor. The resulting 2016 Phase 1 Feasibility Study, prepared by Urban Systems, supported the development of wastewater recovery, treatment, and reuse.
  • Phase 2, undertaken in 2018, refined technical aspects of the project and examined funding options and governance structures. The resulting 2018 Phase 2 Feasibility Study was used to guide the development of the funding application submitted August 29, 2018, to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS
To date, project partners have collaborated to:

  • Assess existing environmental conditions (i.e., water quality analyses conducted in 2015, 2016 and 2017 confirmed that leaching septic systems are impacting Swan Lake health)
  • Identify existing and potential commercial and industrial uses in the plan area (i.e., 2016 RDNO Employment Lands Report)
  • Identify wastewater treatment, reuse and disposal strategies and options (i.e., 2016 Phase 1 Feasibility Study and 2018 Phase 2 Feasibility Study).

Research outcomes, in all cases, supported the construction of a wastewater recovery facility and associated reclaimed water storage facilities to address environmental challenges, enhance economic growth, and provide much-needed irrigation water to area farmers.

CONCURRENT PROCESSES

  • Swan Lake Commercial Area and Neighbourhood Plan (completed)
  • Natural Capital Assets Planning, with funding of $120,000 provided by the Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund (underway).

FUNDING

  • Financial commitments were shared by project partners for Phase 1 scoping and Phase 2 technical analyses.
  • A $10,000 Infrastructure Planning Grant was received from Province of BC in 2017 to assist with Phase 2 costs.
  • It is important to note that the project will not proceed without senior government funding. Project partners submitted a grant application for $24.3 million to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program on August 29, 2018.
  • If grant funding is approved, the additional funding needed would come from an Okanagan Basin Water Board Sewerage Facilities Assistance Grant ($5.9 million), Spallumcheen reserves ($1.5 million), and RDNO borrowing ($5.2 million).

For more information about the project, please contact: 

Leah Mellott
General Manager, Electoral Area Administration
Regional District of North Okanagan
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 250-550-3722

Doug Allin
Chief Administrative Officer
Township of Spallumcheen
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 250-546-3013

Victor Rumbolt
Executive Director
Okanagan Indian Band
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 250-542-4328