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
With 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.
South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID), South Okanagan Mission Irrigation District (SOMID) and the City all charge for water in different ways. Engaging customers about rate design preferences now will allow customers some input into the rate structure and provide advance notice of any changes that may affect them beginning in 2020.
A public information session regarding Agriculture Water Rate Design was held on Feb. 21, 2018.
Public engagement began in Fall 2017, with a public survey in December 2017. Citizens were invited to share their thoughts about water rate design and provided an opportunity for current, future and potential customers of the City to weigh in on the discussion about water service.
The engagement 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 large diameter transmission main;
- 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 water distribution main, two new pumping stations and 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.
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.
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. In addition to the significant direct cost savings for ratepayers the project will also be completed 10 years faster than without government funding.
Learn more about the overall direction for an integrated system and value planning exercise in the 2017 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply plan.