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Water Sources

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) delivers an average of 24 billion litres of water through a grid of 650 km of pipelines including 57 pump stations to more than 53,000 customers every year.

The Duteau Creek water source, via the Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant (DCWTP), supplies approximately 55% of the utility’s annual water.  Under normal operational conditions, the DCWTP provides water to the District of Coldstream, Electoral Areas “B” and “C”, a small portion of “D” and Spallumcheen.

The Kalamalka Lake water source supplies approximately 45% of the utility’s water via the Mission Hill Water Treatment Plant (MHWTP).  Under normal operational conditions, the MHWTP provides water to the City of Vernon and some areas of the District of Coldstream.

GVW has the ability to mix the two water sources or utilize one water source when the other water source has a change in water quality and poses a risk to human health or operational issues arise.

GVW also includes the Outback and Delcliffe which are two small water systems that draw water from Okanagan Lake.  GVW also utilizes a Well located on Coldstream Ranch (Well #1) to meet high water demands or if emergencies occur.

Drinking Water Sources (Potable)

Kalamalka Lake

Duteau Creek

Okanagan Lake

Well

Agriculture Sources (Non-Potable)

Every year approximately 55% of Greater Vernon’s water is used for agriculture irrigation. During the irrigation season from mid April to mid September, water use increases dramatically.

A proportion of the agriculture irrigation is provided through the DCWTP; however some water line separation has occurred in the Lavington area to bypass the plant for the Springfield and Von Kyserlingk area plus GVW has dedicated some water sources to agriculture irrigation only.  These sources are Deer Creek (King Edward Lake), Well #2 on Coldstream Ranch and Goose Lake and are untreated.  These sources can provide 40 ML/d:

King Edward / Deer Creek

Goose Lake


 

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