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Former South East Kelowna Irrigation District Customers

As part of the Kelowna Integrated Water supply plan, over 2,000 households in Southeast Kelowna have been supplied with clean drinking water. This project separated the drinking and agricultural systems for Southeast Kelowna Irrigation customers, helping to meet Interior Health's 2025 clean drinking water mandate.

Merging of operations with the City Water Utility is well underway. The final component of the project was to install (or replace) water meters for all properties in order to accurately measure consumption. Benefits of metering include:

  • Fair way to bill – based on consumption
  • Quick detection of leaks – helps save water and costs
  • Conservation – proven to help reduced water demand/need for capital upgrades

Effective January 1, 2021, domestic water rates and fees were switched to City utility rates.

History of SEKID

SEKID was an improvement district incorporated under letters patent by order in council of the British Columbia legislature Nov. 2, 1920. SEKID was one of five major public water utilities serving Kelowna. The District has a rich and varied history, with roots pre-dating the Kettle Valley Railway at the turn of the last century. The District was taken over by the City of Kelowna on June 4, 2018. 

SEKID’s service area encompassed almost 9,000 acres of land and accounted for over 20 per cent of Kelowna’s total area. Most of the land in the former district is agricultural land. 

Agricultural irrigation season

The 2021 agricultural irrigation season is winding down with water turn-offs starting on Tuesday, October 12th through to Friday, October 22nd. Turn-offs will include all installed non-potable small irrigation services (SIS) in Southeast Kelowna.

Updates will be issued through mailouts to all Agricultural properties in Southeast Kelowna as well as electronic sign boards in the area.

Early irrigation turn-on requests

If you would like to request an early irrigation water turn-on to be scheduled, weather permitting, please call the Utility Billing office at 250-469-8757 (option 2) from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by submitting a service request. If approved, a $35 fee will be applied to your account to accommodate the request. 

If there is a significant risk of freezing temperatures during the early turn-on period, the request will be denied. The owner will responsible for all water system damages attributed to temperature between an early turn-on request date and the regularly scheduled turn-on date. 

For inquires related to Utility Billing, call 250-469-8757

Late irrigation turn-off requests

If you would like to request a late irrigation water turn-off to be scheduled, weather permitting, please call the Utility Billing office at 250-469-8757 (option 2) from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by submitting a service request. If approved, a $35 fee will be applied to your account to accommodate the request. 

For inquires related to Utility Billing, call 250-469-8757

Winterizing irrigation services

The water supply will be turned off at the curb stop shut-off and final meter readings will be taken at that time. Owners wanting to winterize their irrigation system before the official seasonal turn-off can do so by closing the isolation valve downstream of the meter (may be in a meter pit) and connecting to the blow-out / drain valve to purge the irrigation lines. Drain valves should be left in the open position over the winter.

Irrigation on/off flags

Seasonal Service Flags:

  • Green Flag - everything is running well, water services has been turned on.
  • Red Flag - something is not functioning correctly and water services has not been turned on.

Off-Season Service Flags:

  • Blue Flag - water service is winterized and has been turned off.
  • Yellow Flag - something is not functioning correctly and water service has not been turned off.
Irrigation water

After the new domestic system is completed in 2020, the existing SEKID water distribution system will be used for irrigation and fire suppression. Agriculture in Southeast Kelowna has a long history of service to Kelowna, and the City is committed to seeing this industry flourish both in this area and around the city.

Water for irrigation may be sourced from either potable or non-potable supply. We will determine the extent of the non-potable water system, as well as the properties served by the system, based on best overall value to the utility and staying consistent with the priorities outlined in Council Policy Water Supply #383.

The City supports agriculture within the utility service area. Properties classified as farm under the BC Assessment Act will be eligible for farm irrigation water rates.

To encourage the use of lower cost, non-potable water to the extent that it’s available, pricing for non-potable water for irrigation purposes may be lower than the pricing for potable water for the same customer class.

Metered irrigation allotment

The 2021 allotment is equal to 2,775 m3 per acre of irrigated area.

At the end of each irrigation season, the consumption from all irrigation meters on the property is compared to the allotment as described above. If the consumption in the current year doesn’t exceed the allotment, there’s no additional charge. If the consumption exceeds the allotment, then the consumption over the allotment is subject to the tiered rate as described below. Additional metered consumption charges occur annually in the Fall.

Volume in CM>0-10%>10-20%>20-30%>30-40%>40-50%>50-60%>60-70%>70-80%>80-90%>90-100%
Rate per CM0.02650.03440.04230.05290.06610.08190.10040.12160.14530.1718

The rates are cumulative and only apply to water use within the range of the block/volume of water to which they are attributed.

We read the irrigation meters several times throughout the season, with consumption information available on bi-monthly utility bills, or by logging on to the City’s online billing portal.

Farm status

Properties with farm status will be billed $120/per acre irrigation, annually. The charge will appear as "SEK Irrigation Flat - Annual". 

Non-farm status

To encourage the use of lower cost, non-potable water to the extent that it’s available, pricing for non-potable water for irrigation purposes may be lower than the pricing for potable water for the same customer class.

Isolation valves

Both new and longtime residents with metered irrigation connections have an obligation to maintain their private irrigation systems. You’re responsible for maintaining and renewing all works from your isolation valve.

Water service won’t be turned on to any property with a leaky or defective isolation valve. If the City is called to shut down a service for any reason, the service won’t be turned back on until the isolation valve is fully functional. A blowout port next to the isolation valve also allows the owner to shut down and winterize their system in the fall without damage to Cityworks, and without needing the City to shut down the main service to the property.