Kelowna Water Integration - Phase 1
A successful funding application for Phase 1 of the 2017 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan means clean safe drinking water is one step closer for citizens of Southeast Kelowna and a plentiful supply of agricultural irrigation water is coming to the South Mission.
Agriculture Water Rate Design Consultation
Citizens are invited to share their thoughts about water rate design by completing the City of Kelowna survey before Dec 10.
With the addition of more than 500 agriculture customers planned to transition into the City Water Utility in 2020 at completion of Phase 1 of the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan, a review of agriculture irrigation rate design is necessary to ensure a fair structure that encourages conservation and supports farming operations.
This survey is the first step in the public engagement process and provides an opportunity for current, future and potential customers of the City to weigh in on the discussion about water service.
Council has endorsed a public engagement process to help inform a new City water agriculture rate design necessitated by incorporation of South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) and South Okanagan Mission Irrigation District (SOMID) agricultural customers into the City of Kelowna water utility. While SEKID will continue to set the irrigation rates for customers in 2018 and 2019, consultation is planned to occur this fall and winter to give customers assurance and advance notice of any changes to the rate design that may affect them.
The timeline anticipated is:
- Inform about plan and process: October 2017
- Collect input: Fall 2017/Winter 2018
- Review and report: 2018
- Council Consideration: 2019
Phase 1 is a $63.7-million multi-year project that includes the separation of agricultural and domestic systems in Southeast Kelowna and delivery of a sustainable water supply to SOMID's customers.
Infrastructure requirements for delivering Phase 1 are substantial and will be constructed over two years. The project includes:
- major upgrades to the City’s core south-end water infrastructure including the two main pump stations, expansion of reservoir capacity and 5600 metres of large diameter transmission main;
- 2300 metres of new transmission main extending the City Water Utility to South East Kelowna; and
- a new separated water system to serve existing SEKID domestic customers with year-round clean water that includes 75 km of water distribution main, two new pumping stations and an expanded reservoir storage.
Kelowna Integrated Water - Phase 1 includes separated agricultural and domestic systems in Southeast Kelowna. Domestic water will be supplied through a new transmission line connecting to the City’s water distribution system from Okanagan Lake, while agricultural water will continue to be supplied from Hydraulic Creek with emergency connections to the domestic supply in the event of service disruption.
Phase 1 will also see a sustainable agricultural water supply delivered to South Okanagan Mission Irrigation District (SOMID), along with upgrades to the City of Kelowna’s water utility to accommodate future growth.
The $63.7 million project will be funded by the $43.9 million grant and a combined local contribution of approximately $19.8 million.
A public information session regarding implementation of Phase 1 of the 2017 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan was held on June 20, 2017.
A transition agreement with SEKID ensures a coordinated approach to project construction, merging rates and billing processes and integration of staff, with the transition to be complete on January 1, 2020.
The federal and provincial governments approved the City of Kelowna funding application of $43.9 million to bring treated lake water to SEKID ratepayers for domestic use, and to resolve irrigation supply problems for the SOMID. The project will also allow another five small private water systems to connect.
In addition to the significant direct cost savings for ratepayers the project will also be completed 10 years faster than without government funding.
The grant funding will allow for the initial phase of the long-term integration plan to be implemented and set the groundwork for future integration.
Learn more about the overall direction for an integrated system and value planning exercise in the 2017 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply plan.