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 South East Kelowna and a plentiful supply of agricultural irrigation water is coming to the South Mission.
A public information session regarding implementation of Phase 1 of the 2017 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan was held on June 20, 2017.
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 South Okanagan Mission Irrigation District (SOMID) customers. With domestic water being supplied through an extension of the City of Kelowna’s water distribution system, upgrades to the City of Kelowna’s water utility are
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.
A transition agreement with South East Kelowna Irrigation District (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.
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.
The federal and provincial governments approved the City of Kelowna funding application of $43.9 million to bring treated lake water to South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) ratepayers for domestic use, and to resolve irrigation supply problems for the South Okanagan Mission Irrigation District (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.