Kelowna Water Integration - Phase 1
Kelowna Integrated Water Phase 1, an $86-million, multi-year project, includes the separation of agricultural and domestic water systems in Southeast Kelowna and delivery of a sustainable water supply for agriculture in the South Mission. The project will bring clean drinking water to about 2,000 households and meet Interior Health’s 2025 clean drinking water mandate in South East Kelowna almost 10 years earlier than planned.
With construction having started in July 2018, the project is expected to be complete in 2020 and is the first phase of the City’s vision to see a city-wide integrated water system through the 2017 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply plan. Information about construction impacts and contacts is listed below.
A community liaison, working with the contractor, will notify residents and businesses adjacent to construction, facilitate requests, and address construction-related concerns. Directly impacted businesses and residents will be contacted through a series of direct mailings and neighbourhood information events.
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Due to the design/build nature of the project, exact dates and times of future construction will be available closer to start construction. The design/build process is being used because, as a condition of the $43.9M grant, the project has a tight timeline. Design/build processes help condense project length, as design and construction occur at the same time.
|Aug 27||Sept. (TBD)||Chute Lake Rd between Upper Mission Dr and South Crest Dr||Open with possible traffic interruption.|
|Aug. 7||Sept. (TBD)||Gordon Dr between Steele Rd and 380m south of Paret Dr||Single lane alternating.|
|Aug. 7||Sept. (TBD)||Crawford Rd between Dehart Rd and Westridge Dr||Two lanes open with possible interruptions.|
|Aug. 23||Sept. (TBD)||Frost Rd W between Steele Rd and South Ridge Dr||Closed between Steele Rd and Gordon Dr, and between Gordon Dr and South Ridge Dr. Detour available via Steele/Arbour/Southridge.|
|Sept. 10||Sept. (TBD)||Wallace Hill Rd between Balldock Rd and Mathews Rd||Access maintained for residents and businesses located in the work zone, as well as people walking and on bicycles. Detour for through traffic via Spiers Rd and Saucier Rd. Single lane open outside construction hours.|
|Sept. 12||Sept. (TBD)||Quilchena Cres||Access maintained for residents located in the work zone.|
|Sept. 12||Sept.(TBD)||Canyon View Ct, Canyon Ridge Cres, and Westridge Dr between Canyon View Ct and Mid Ridge Ct.||Access maintained for people walking and residents located in the work zone. Detour available through Canyon Ridge Cr, Westridge Dr and Parkridge Dr.|
|Sept. 14||Sept. (TBD)||Stellar Dr between Okaview Rd and Grouse Ave||Two lanes open with possible interruptions.|
|Sept. 14||Sept. (TBD)||Saucier Rd between Bedford Rd and Sallows Rd||Single lane alternating with delays of up to 15 minutes.|
|Sept.||Oct.||Steele Rd W from 794 to 827 Steele Rd||Access maintained for residents and businesses located in the work zone. Detour or through traffic via South Ridge Dr.|
|Sept.||Oct.||Dehart Rd between Swamp Rd and Crawford Rd||Single lane alternating with delays of up to 15 minutes. Detour for through traffic via Crawford Rd, Stewart Rd W, Casorso Rd, and Swamp Rd.|
|Sept. (late)||Nov.||Dehart Rd between Crawford Rd and Casorso Rd||Access maintained for people walking and on bicycles. Detour for through traffic via Crawford Rd, Stewart Rd, and Casorso Rd.|
|Sept. (late)||Nov.||Hughes Rd||Single lane alternating with delays of up to 15 minutes.|
Last updated: Sept. 18, 2018
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 large diameter transmission main; and
- a new separated water system to serve existing South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) domestic customers with year-round clean water that includes water distribution main, two new pumping stations and expanded reservoir storage.
This project budget increase is partly a result of updated water demand requirements in some areas of Southeast Kelowna as well as the volume of infrastructure projects currently being built across the province. $51.4M of SEKID's $58.2 M budget is dedicated specifically to building the new drinking water distribution system; separation of agriculture and domestic was always part of the plan.
The source of water is a small proportion of the overall project cost. The majority of the cost, 88 %, is building the new domestic water distribution system in Southeast Kelowna – which was always part of the plan.
The SEKID project is the Province's approved solution to drinking water quality through the 2017 Value planning study of the 2012 Kelowna integrated water supply plan. This was a requirement of senior government funding. The plan will provide all Southeast Kelowna residents clean drinking water 10 years earlier than originally planned though a fully integrated connection to the City’s Water Utility.
Costs are attributed to either the City or SEKID based on the percentage of benefit received (by SEKID and/or City ratepayers). Ratepayers are expected to pay the costs required to bring their system up to the level of the city’s service. Once integrated into one utility, all future benefit and costs will be spread over the entire utility.
The City of Kelowna has done all possible – including re-scoping the project and financing – to reduce cost and risk to both SEKID and current City ratepayers.
Despite project cost increases, 80% of $43.9M grant is applied directly to SEKID portions of the project costs and pay for more than 60% of SEKID overall costs.
Interior Health has required that all domestic drinking water systems meet Canadian Drinking Water Quality standards by 2025. Based on today’s construction costs, demand and rates, SEKID ratepayers would pay an estimated $1,900 annually for 20-years to meet this standard without the grant.
Integration with the City utility is a requirement by the Province to access the $43.9M in grant funding.
Due to confidential negotiations with the project contractor, the City was unable to disclose details about the project costs until the project was awarded on April 27.
We appreciate that this has been frustrating for ratepayers and that there are many questions. Please consider attending the open house, signing up for email updates or visiting the city’s website for more information. City staff will be available regularly to assist you with any concerns you may have.
As a condition of the $43.9M grant, the project has a tight timeline. Design/build processes help condense project length as design and construction occur at the same time. Design/build is used for significant, complex projects to control market driven costs and reduce the risk of budget increase over the length of the project.
No, but it does impact resiliency. The water delivery model has been modified and all the drinking water will now come solely from the south Crawford area. The KLO Road trunk and associated increased capacity in Adams and Hayes reservoirs were originally planned to add redundancy for the system and help meet future demand – an important principle in the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan.
The KLO Road transmission main will need to be completed in the future, but is deferred to help save some immediate costs.
Phase 1 of the 2017 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan has been the focus of City staff for over four years now. There is a significant amount of work left to do to ensure the project is successful and the integration goes smoothly.
We are working on an area-wide water plan with multiple stakeholders. The Plan is looking holistically at water throughout the entire Kelowna Water Basin. We will also do further modelling and detailed planning on the 2017 Plan to prepare for another senior government grant application.
We will re-engage with the Province and other Irrigation Districts to determine if there is interest in working together on the above initiatives.
Southeast Kelowna Irrigation District's (SEKID) portion of the project shortfall is $15.3 million. On May 14, City Council approved a budget amendment to provide City financing to SEKID ratepayers.
SEKID will start repaying this financing through a project fee of $32 per month to all domestic ratepayers, starting July 2018. In 2021, when Southeast Kelowna ratepayers will move to lower City Domestic water fees and rates, the re-payment will increase to about $40 per month until the shortfall cost is recovered.
To reduce the impact on SEKID ratepayers, the City altered project scope and deferred some long-range components to reduce the financial impact to SEKID ratepayers.
Read details about the projects costs, funding model and typical domestic cost comparison in the newsletter to SEKID ratepayers or browse the display panels from the open house held May 17, 2018.
This project was made possible due to an unprecedented senior government grant of $43.9 million in March 2017. The balance of project costs will be paid for by both the City of Kelowna and the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. Portions and costs for the project are allocated based on percentage of benefit received.
In early 2018, construction cost increases and increased demand requirements saw the project budget rise from $63.5 million to $86 million. The City’s $6 million portion of the project shortfall will be funded through utility reserves.
Agriculture is an important part of our community. The integration of SEKID and SOMID starts a new era that will see the City utility operating and delivering irrigation water to support agriculture. The City is currently reviewing agriculture irrigation rate design based on public consultation this past winter 2017 During the SEKID transition and beyond, further engagement with the agricultural community is needed around the long term delivery and security of irrigation water. As a first step, City staff have proposed an Advisory Committee to advise City staff on agricultural water matters in South East Kelowna. In the short term, Council will also consider maintaining rates and allocations set by SEKID until 2021.
The Phase 1 project provides new benefits for irrigation water users. Once the new domestic system is in place, the existing distribution system will become a dedicated supply of minimally-treated water for irrigation and some fire protection.
This model of separated systems supports agriculture interests by reclaiming the capacity used by previous domestic customers, and spreads cost of ongoing maintenance and future infrastructure of this aging system over the entire City utility. For resiliency, the domestic water supply could also be used in an emergency or water shortage.
The City of Kelowna recognizes the need and importance of a vibrant agricultural industry. During the SEKID transition and beyond, a number of actions are being considered to support Agriculture and ensure a strong transition of the irrigation system.
On May 14, 2018 Council approved:
- maintaining agricultural rates and allocations for water set by SEKID until 2021.
- developing a transition advisory committee on agricultural water matters in South East Kelowna.
- committing to an inclusive engagement process with the agricultural industry regarding delivery and security of irrigation water.
The City and SEKID have been working over the past year on a transition plan that welcomes all SEKID employees to continue their employment with the City of Kelowna. This will ensure continuity of service and valuable knowledge transfer.
A new Agricultural rate structure is currently being determined based on feedback from the Agricultural community this past winter. A proposed rate structure is expected to be presented to Council in 2019.
In the meantime, existing SEKID rates and allocations for both domestic and agricultural rates will remain in place until new rates are adopted for 2021.
Construction of Phase 1 began in July 2018 starting in the South Mission. Construction plans were overviewed at an information session on June 27. Refer to the "Documents" tab at the top of this page for related construction information.
Businesses will be open during construction, though customers might have to take a short detour to get where they want to go. If you have any concerns about construction-related impacts to your business, contact the Community Liaison Officer. For more information about business planning during a construction project, review the Open During Construction guide for businesses.
Generally Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. but at times until 10 p.m. Work may occur outside of these hours to mitigate traffic impacts.
All traffic detours will be clearly marked and communicated to residents prior to construction. Where detours are not possible, single-lane alternating traffic will be in place with no more than 15-minute waits.
School buses will operate as normal. Detours that impact school routes will be communicated to the school district and residents.
The City will ensure that proper notice is given to event organizers and that construction is clearly marked for recreational users and people on bicycles.
All emergency services are notified prior to all road closures and are given alternate routes.
Garbage pick-up and mail delivery will proceed as normal.
The Community Liaison will work with you to find out what times you need to move equipment and work with the construction team to minimize impacts.
The new pump stations and reservoir facilities at Jean Road and Stellar Road will be located on City-owned parcels. The Jean Road facility will require three per cent of the 46.4 acre parcel. After construction of the Jean Road facility, the property outside of the construction area can be used by the public as it is today. This parcel was acquired specifically for a future water storage facility.
Items and existing features adjacent to the road right of way, or on the Statutory Right of Way Agreement, that are permitted to be there will be restored.
Impacted residents will be informed prior to pre-construction activities. Residents will receive a package that explains how their road is impacted and the timeline of construction. Local access will be maintained through construction. Traffic signs will be posted.
Advance notice will be provided before planned work that will disrupt water, gas, power and/or communications.
Underground powerlines are not within the scope of this project.
Adding other utilities is not within the scope of this project. Bike lanes are also not planned.
Depending on ground conditions, residents might feel vibrations from pipe and roadway installation. Dust will be suppressed by water as needed.
Work may occur on your property depending on the Statutory Right of Way Agreement. You will be contacted by the Community Liaison Officer, who will provide you with information on the timing and work to be done. New service connections require some work along your property line. The impact will be minimal, and you will be given prior notice.
New water can be expected when the entire water network is completed in 2020. Until the project is complete, you will continue using the existing SEKID water supply.
Until the entire project is complete in 2020, residents must follow SEKID water quality notifications for Southeast Kelowna.