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LAST UPDATE June 09, 2015

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Why Meters?

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is moving from a flat rate system of billing for water to a rate based on actual consumption, similar to Vernon, Kelowna, and Penticton. A meter is necessary to measure your water consumption. Water rates based on actual consumption create equitable billing and encourage water conservation.

www.westsidewatermeter.ca/rdco/rdco.html (link no longer works)

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Do I have to pay for the meter?
There is no charge for the meter or the installation. All costs are covered by the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The meter installer is a sub-contractor and is not allowed to perform any work other than installing the meter.

Who is responsible for maintaining the meter?
The Regional District of Central Okanagan is responsible for future meter maintenance. You are responsible for keeping the meter from damage.

How long does it take to install the meter?
A typical installation takes about 1 hour to complete, barring any necessary modifications.

Does the meter have to go inside the house?
The meter must be installed in the house, on your incoming water service. Any exceptions must be approved by the Regional District of Central Okanagan. See page three for details. The transmitting unit is attached to the meter. The Regional District of Central Okanagan will read your meter by radio frequency, so no one will need to enter your home or property after the installation.

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1969 Annual Report
Water Resources Service

page 11

All the Branches and officers of the Water Resources Service experienced increased activities in 1969 as a result of continuous expansion of the economy of the Province. The increased demand for water licences, pollution control permits, engineering and administrative advice and supervision, exceeded from time to time the capabilities of individual offices, and backlogs of incomplete assignments or outstanding applications showed an increase in all the three Branches. High staff-turnover rate in professional and draughting positions was also a factor contributing to the increase in unfinished assignments.

page 16

In the field of water licensing, activity continued at a high level during 1969.Although the total of new applications received was less than the record of 1,624new applications in 1968, it was still nearly 10 per cent above the total for the highest previous year. Because of a shortage of engineering staff in the district offices, which exceeded 25 per cent for most of the year, it was not possible to carry out the necessary field investigations for the flood of applications received in 1968 and 1969, As a result, the number of applications outstanding reached a new high of 2,400 at the end of November. This represents a serious reduction in the standard of service to the public and it is to be hoped that the availability of staff in 1970 will be sufficiently improved to permit a substantial reduction in the number of outstanding applications. Because water licences, once issued, are per-manent, all applications are carefully investigated, both on the ground and through the office record system. Since no corners can be cut in carrying out this work, there is little flexibility in dealing with an increased work load in this most important phase of water resource administration.

page 17
The year 1969 was marked by a large number of staff changes, most of which involved engineering staff. In the district offices, Mr. R. J. Talbot left his position as District Engineer at Kelowna to become Programme Director for the Fraser Valley Joint Programme Committee, and was replaced by Mr. E. D. Anthony, who had been Assistant District Engineer at Kamloops. Mr. F. Mueller left his position on the engineering staff of the Mission office and Mr. S. B. Carroll and

page 18
Mr. W. M. Cheney left the engineering staff of the Kelowna office at the end of 1969. Engineering staff vacancies in the district offices were filled by Mr H VanCamp at Kamloops, Mr. J. M. Anderson at Prince George, and Mr. L. R Lewisat Nelsom At the end of the year there were four engineering vacancies' in the district offices, one more than at the end of 1968

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April 30, 2008 Regional Board Agenda
Planning Services Department Report from Leah Hartley, Planner
April 23, 2007
Crown Land and Resource Referral Procedures (File # 3020-01)

RECOMMENDATION:
1. THAT Regional District's Crown Land and Resource Referral Policy and Procedures are amended as noted in this report.

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North Westside Official Community Plan (OCP) Review and Update
The Development Services Department received direction from the Governance and Services Committee on April 10, 2008 to proceed with a Terms of Reference (TOR) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process with respect to a partial review of existing North Westside OCP Bylaw No. 785. It is anticipated that the project will include review of future land use policies, servicing and infrastructure considerations in context of the Regional Growth Management Strategy, and review of policies and Development Permit (DP) provisions with intent to enforce all environmental components. This would include expansion of existing Aquatic DP Areas and establishing Sensitive Terrestrial DP Areas.

In addition to the above components, issues related to major transportation corridors (ie: capacity of Westside Road and future Okanagan Lake crossing) and recent completion of a water service feasibility study of the upper/lower Fintry and Valley of the Sun areas would be considered and evaluated relative to any major change to OCP development policy.

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Development Services Planning Section (250-469-6227).

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Search the Ministry's Water Licence Database

Water Licence No C120927 from Okanagan Lake Purpose Domestic, 2000 Gallons Per Day Lonny Kubas

Water Rights Information
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October 1998 Fintry Provincial Park Management Plan

5.7 WATER LICENSES (page 42)
Fintry has six water licenses which were granted for irrigation and domestic purposes associated with the previous agricultural use and private development plans on District Lots 686 and 2920.
Two licenses on Shorts Creek total 362 acre feet per annum, with one of the licenses providing capacity for 1,000 gallons per day for domestic use. Four licenses on Okanagan Lake add 521.5 acre feet per annum, with one license providing 500 gallons per day for domestic use.
Considerations:
Water license capacity may be greater than is required for future park needs, considering as well the groundwater supply now provided at Fintry.
Management of creek flows for spawning may require flow assessment and greater storage during the summer, for release during the low flow autumn period.
A future satellite fire and rescue station is under consideration along Westside Road. There may be a desire to permit filling of pumper trucks from Shorts Creek at Westside Road.
Objectives:
To assess water requirements associated with future uses at Fintry, and to use existing licenses and groundwater sources in meeting these needs.
To cooperate with BC Environment officials in restoring creek flows for fish spawning.
To cooperate with neighboring communities in ensuring that fire suppression needs are met within the region.
Actions:
* Assess water license requirements for future campground, visitor activity, fire suppression and irrigation needs.
* Determine if water licenses on Okanagan Lake are required for long term needs.
* Amend surplus domestic and irrigation water licenses on Shorts Creek to a Fisheries Conservation purpose. Participate in flow management measures to enhance the creek spawning potential.

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2.7 REGIONAL CONTEXT (page 20)
Fintry is located at the midpoint of Westside Road which serves a corridor of rural development lands situated between Okanagan Lake and upland provincial forest. There are 1,794 legal subdivided properties within the Westside Road Official Community Plan area extending from Bear Creek (Traders Cove) to Killiney Beach. The predominant pattern is half acre country residential development, with settlement areas at 7,000 sq. ft. residential lot sizes. Many of the lots have yet to be built upon, but are held as future housing sites. Population in the Westside Road plan area now stands at 2,400 residents.

The following development enclaves abut or are in the immediate vicinity of Fintry Park.

Fintry Delta South:
A 117 lot residential subdivision is situated on the southern portion of Fintry Delta.
Approximately 35 homes are built, half of the dwellings are summer and weekend residences, half are occupied year round.

Ridgeview (La Casa):
A 480 parcel subdivision is under construction and intended for mobile homes. (District Lots 3849 & 3850 at Westside Road, south of Fintry).
A 100 slip private moorage facility is proposed on the lakeshore.

DunWaters Subdivision (Upper Fintry):
A 185 lot subdivision abuts the southern boundary of Fintry Park, uphill from Westside Road (District Lot 2920).
Roads through the subdivision provide access to a Ministry of Transportation and Highways gravel pit situated south of Shorts Creek.

Shalal Road:
A 14 lot residential subdivision is encircled by Fintry Park along Shalal Road at Westside Road.
Shalal Road leads to a private easement road through Fintry Park, providing access to properties further upstream on Shorts Creek.

Valley of the Sun Subdivision (Firwood Road):
A 100+ residential lot subdivision is centered on Wood and Attenborough Roads, at the northern edge of the park site.
A rezoning application on District Lot 2923 (Kubas in front of Valley of the Sun) is being considered to permit a 13 parcel subdivision on seven existing lots located east of Westside Road, north of the park boundary.
A Land Use Contract (LUC 249) is in effect which would allow a lodge and 150 unit campsite resort to be built adjacent to the park’s northern boundary. (The south side or the La Casa side of Valley of the Sun)
Sites are designated within Valley of the Sun to provide for future community parks, a regional trail staging area, and a future community complex.
Roads within the subdivision provide access to six private gravel pit sites and to Tree Farm License 49A which is situated within Provincial Forest land abutting the park’s western boundary.

Attenborough Road:
Attenborough Road provides public access through Fintry Park from Valley of the Sun to upland private properties and to Crown Lands. The last upland parcel is owned by Nature Trust and leased to BC Environment, Wildlife Branch, for Bighorn Sheep winter range.
Attenborough Road provides access to a private gravel pit within District Lots 4023 and 4690, and possible alternate access to Tree Farm License 49A.

Source (page 21)
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/PubDocs/bcdocs/328365/mgmtplns_fintry.pdf

Note*  District Lot 2923 is designated RU2 according to RDCO's map.

This map shows some of District Lot 2923 (Kubas Development in front of Valley of the Sun).  This other map on RDCO's website shows more detail of District Lot 2923.

This document on RDCO's website explains what RU2 developments are required to install as of Aug 2007.  Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw No.704 Schedule C.2 – Servicing Requirements

RDCO's Feb 6, 2003 Engineering Committee Minutes about acquiring a private water system (page 4)

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Water worries in the Okanagan Valley article March 2008
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article from the Vernon Morning Star March 19, 2008

There could be water wars in the Okanagan Basin by 2050.  Licences for both use of groundwater and surface water should be restricted, and more enforceable tools are needed.  He suggested a plan to formulate a plan to buy back water licences, and he wondered whether upstream licences take into account the consequences they will have on downstream resources.

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE Minutes of February 6, 2003
Page 4-5
3. ENGINEERING SERVICES
a) Acquiring Private Water Utilities
Hilary read his report on the Regional District’s position on acquiring and operating private water utilities. Consideration is given based on the following:
That the current owners of the system support transferring the utility over to the Regional District.
That area residents are also in general support of the Regional District owning and managing the system.
That an analysis of the water system is completed so the Regional District has a good understanding as to the integrity of the system and the works that are required to bring the utility up to a standard satisfactory to the Regional District.
That the cost to upgrade the system, and a petition to establish the function, is supported by the area residents.
If conflict exists between the utility owner and the water users, the issue should be resolved and dealt with through the provincial ministry overseeing the private utility;
OR
Residents can form their own committee, make an offer to the owner and then petition the Regional District to make a specified area and prepare a borrowing bylaw to purchase the utility. It would then be assessed and a financial plan put together.
The Regional District cannot arbitrarily determine to take over the utility if it is not supported by the current utility owner.
Discussion re. cost. Hilary explained that with the Board’s support, money from the feasibility fund would pay for a consultant’s analysis of the system, to determine how the system could be
upgraded to minimize liability. A formal petition with the established cost would then be prepared. The cost of the study would be repaid to the feasibility fund if the utility was acquired.
KNOWLES/DINWOODIE
THAT the report be received;
AND FURTHER THAT a copy be forwarded to the North Westside Road Rate Payers’ Water Committee.
CARRIED

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 15, 2007
Sunnyside Water Utility Expansion
The Regional Board has adopted a bylaw amending the service area of the Sunnyside Water Utility. The owners of three new developments submitted petitions asking the Regional District to consider expanding the area to include their projects. The proponents of Barona Beach Resort, the Uplands Phase 3 subdivision and the Jaycor strata subdivision are required to pay for the water system servicing to their properties, while contributing for each unit toward the water system replacement reserve fund. The expansion will provide water to almost 200 additional customers.

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/finance/sunnysidebillingletterapr21_06.pdf

Sunnyside
Sunnyside Water System Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 1232, 2008 - Amends Bylaw No. 1083 - To include the property owners of three new developments: Barona Beach Resort, Jaycor Strata Subdivision and Uplands Phase III, Fee Simple Subdivision.

Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1213, 2007 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108 - Adopted July 23, 2007
j) In Section 7.06 Equipment Replacement Reserve Fund delete the words "Deferred Capacity Trust Fund" and replace them with "Equipment Replacement Reserve Fund"
k) In Section 7.06 Equipment Replacement Reserve Fund, delete item c) and replace with:
"c) Sunnyside $4,250.00 (per unit)"

Sunnyside Water System Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 1118, 2005 - Amends Bylaw No. 1083

Sunnyside Water System Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 1083, 2004

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Governance and Services Committee Meeting – February 25, 2005 (Pg.4)
- Effluent/Water Disposal - $80,000 deficit from 2004 due to reduced revenues from tipping fees. Volumes dropped as one hauler is going elsewhere.
ACTION: H. Hettinga to review restriction on haulers taking effluent out of the area.
Finance to add effluent/water disposal fees to tax requisition comparison page for Westside South and Westside North.

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2005 STRATEGIC WATER SERVICING PLAN

(Page 26)
GEID (Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District) purchased the assets of the McKinley Landing water utility and are now running the water utility.
Water quality is currently being monitored at the two potential intake sites. Thermistor chains have been installed and initial readings show that warm water currents from the surface reach depths of up to 30 metres. It is expected that the new intake will be installed to a minimum depth of 40 metres.
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(page 27)
The water districts of Black Mountain Irrigation District (BMID), South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) and Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) rely heavily on the upper watersheds for the majority of their source water supply. A description of the watersheds where their water supplies originate is provided in this section.
BMIDWATERSHEDS
BMID obtains water from two watersheds: Mission Creek and Scotty Creek. The primary source of water is Mission Creek, which also supplies approximately 30% of the total inflow to Okanagan Lake.
Mission Creek
The Mission Creek watershed area above the BMID intake is estimated to be 561 km2. The watershed is unique to the Okanagan as it contains the Graystoke area which has substantial land area with elevations over 5,000 feet. This area produces a significant annual volume of runoff and is now a designated Provincial Park. 2002 Mission Creek Freshet at BMID WTP Intake BMID operates four storage reservoirs in the Mission Creek watershed to capture snowmelt runoff in the spring. Upper level reservoirs are Fish Hawk Reservoir (1,850 ML), Graystoke Lake Reservoir (4,550 ML), and Ideal Lake (6,780 ML). Loch Long (710 ML) is also operated by BMID. The storage license on Loch Long is held by the Province for the enhancement of fish flows in Mission Creek during the late summer and early fall season each year. After spring runoff subsides, water is released from the reservoirs to Mission Creek and is captured at a lower elevation intake where it is diverted through the water treatment plant, balancing reservoirs, and to the water distribution system.
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On June 30th, 2004, the Province of BC released new Groundwater Protection Regulations. They are posted on the web at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/plan_protect_sustain/groundwater/
The regulations set out the requirements for qualified and registered well drillers and well pump installers in the Province. The regulation also sets out requirements for groundwater protection, including surface sealing of well heads, well identification procedures, deactivation and closing of wells, well caps and well covers, floodproofing of wells and protection of the wellhead.
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(page 59
The Rutland system can meet the domestic and fire flow requirements of all users with only a few exceptions. The system is well interconnected and supplied by multiple sources, and is therefore very reliable. Water quality in most of the wells is good, but water from some wells in the north part of the District is high in hardness, manganese and iron. The poorer quality wells are only used when water demand is high.
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(page 91)
There is over $120,000,000 in capital expenditures planned for the KJWC utilities in the next 20 years.
Of the total expenditures planned, water treatment forms approximately half of the total expenditure.
Major treatment and water quality improvement projects are planned for BMID, GEID and SEKID;
- As water treatment forms a significant portion of the overall water improvement projects, the water utilities must plan how to move forward on these financial issues. Water quality and renewal
initiatives will have the largest impact on utility rates in the next 20 years.

http://www.sekid.ca/pdf/reports/KJWC 2005 Water Servicing Plan.pdf

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Engineering Committee Minutes – January 29, 2004
c) Water Systems Regulation and Management
Don informed the Committee that water restrictions have always been voluntary.
The Engineering Dept. now wishes to include water restrictions needed for fire flows etc. in our bylaw and to have the option to ticket those residents who
choose not to comply with these water restrictions.
Discussion re. the ticketing amount for first, second and third offences. Kelly
advised that $50 relates to other offences in the Ticketing Bylaw. The Committee
felt a $100 fine was more appropriate, or the $50 fine could be doubled for a
second offence.
Action
Kelly to amend the MTI Ticketing bylaw
WANNOP/KNOWLES
THAT the Regional Board give 1st, 2nd, 3rd readings, and adopt the Regional
District of Central Okanagan Water Systems Regulation and Management
Amendment Bylaw.
CARRIED

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Engineering Committee Minutes – March 25, 2004
e) Regional District Water System Review
Don explained that budget reviews for 2004 indicate a shortfall in revenues for three of the Regional District Water Utilities, i.e. Killiney Beach, Falconridge and Sunset Ranch. This necessitates an increase in user and/or maintenance fees. A financial analysis for each utility has been prepared. The recommended increases in user and maintenance fees outlined in the report are supported by the Finance Department.
Killiney Beach has been paying a parcel tax for the past 20 years to service a long term debt for capital works. The debt has now been paid off. $155,022 is currently in the Capital Reserve, and two capital projects have been slated for 2005 and 2012. It is felt prudent to replace the parcel tax with a maintenance fee of $120 in 2004 and 2005, and then increase it by 2.5% per year thereafter.
Sunset Ranch is a new utility developed in conjunction with the Sunset Ranch Subdivision. A financial analysis will be completed by the end of 2004. Expenditures have been higher than anticipated due to electricity and staff time, and it is recommended that developed parcels be subject to a maintenance fee in lieu of the user fee. It is also recommended that the developer be responsible for the maintenance fee on vacant parcels, and that this should be increased to $2,400.00 to offset the projected shortfall in revenues.
Falconridge
Residents are currently paying a parcel tax of $620.00 per parcel to service a long-term debt for capital works and user fees of $300 per parcel once connected. The utility is currently working on a slight deficit budget. No funds are being added to reserves for capital expenditures associated with the depreciation and replacement of the existing works. It is recommended that user fees be raised, and also that when the parcel tax expires in 2011, it be replaced by a maintenance fee of $300 per year. Based on the financial analysis, the user fee would need to be $360 in 2004, $380 in 2005, $400 in 2006 and would increase by 2.5% per year thereafter.
Money is needed to go into the Capital Reserve to allow for depreciation of equipment.
Action
Don to check with Public Works how often the Falconridge Water System is checked.
HANSON/KNOWLES
THAT the Regional Board approve the following changes to the Regional District Water Utility User & Maintenance Fees Bylaw:

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – Jan. 13, 2003
Application for Federal/Provincial Infra - structure Funding Approved
The Board approved a request from Engineering Services to submit two additional applications for Federal/Provincial Infrastructure Funding Assistance. The funding applications are for expansion of the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and installation of a community water system for Green Bay.  The Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion is anticipated to cost approximately $10 million and the Green Bay community water system $650,000.

Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates Rate Increases
Built in the early 70s, the Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates water systems are aging and improvements are needed to ensure adequate system capacity and safe drinking water. The Board adopted the bylaw amendments increasing water utility fees to help make the necessary improvements. Water utility fees will increase in the Killiney Beach area to $50 per quarter from $42.50 per quarter. The Westshore Utility maintenance fee, applicable to all lots, will increase to $32.50 per quarter from $27.50. Increases are effective January 1, 2003.

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UPDATE June 5, 2008

We are waiting for the consultant to identify potential well sites. Once we have identified potential locations and gained the necessary approvals for these locations we will complete test wells to confirm quality and quantity of the available ground water. We will then be in a position to provide more accurate cost estimates to develop a community water system and move towards public consultation and support for this capital project.

H. Hettinga - RDCO Director of Engineering

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Water System Fees for 2008 - Bylaw #1108 Consolidated

Sunset Ranch water system fees at $236.40 is the least expensive while Trepainier (Dietrich) water system is the most expensive at $1050.64.

West Kelowna
User Fee $283.68
Maintenance Fee $64.60
Total = $348.28

Sunnyside
Flat Rate $65.00 per quarter = $260.00 year
Unimproved Parcels $168.00 per parcel

Falcon Ridge
User Fee $420.48
Maintenance Fee to be determined upon expiration of parcel tax
Total = $420.48

Trepainier (Dietrich)
User Fee $1050.64
Maintenance Fee $00.00
Total $1050.64

Killiney Beach
User Fee $215.36
Maintenance Fee $120.00
Total = $335.36

Westshore Estates
User Fee $215.36
Maintenance Fee $130.00
Total = $345.36

Sunset Ranch
User Fee $236.40
Parcels greater than 0.25 Ha $1,800.00
Total = $236.40


Pritchard Water System
User Fee $210.12
Maintenance Fee $80.00
Total = $290.12

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North Westside Water Study (page 3 Fall 2007 Water Talk)
Property owners in two subdivisions along North Westside Road attended a public meeting earlier this month at the Killiney Beach Community Hall. They’re considering whether the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) should proceed with further studies into the options available for a community water service in the Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun areas. The province approved the creation of hundreds of lots in these areas prior to the formation of the RDCO in 1967, even though there was no provision for any in-house water service.  Earlier this year, some property owners in the two areas approached the RDCO, asking it to look into the feasibility and options for establishing a water distribution system. Agua Consulting Limited was contracted to do an initial study (the results were presented last month), and it suggests that developing such a system to service households could cost between $15,000 and $25,000 per lot. Before any final decision is made whether to proceed with the project, residents’ support would be required through a formal petition process.
For more information, visit the Regional District Engineering Services

Water Grants Approved
The RDCO has received funding from the Canada/BC Infrastructure Planning Grant Program to help plan two water-related projects.

• $6,500 for a study of priorities and cost estimates of a capital plan for the West Kelowna Water System. This project will focus on the requirements for water intake supply, the pump house, water treatment, and upgrades required throughout the system.

$5,000 for the recently completed study into the feasibility, options, and estimated costs of providing a community water supply and distribution system for the Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun areas of North Westside Road.

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Engineering Fees & Charges Survey - BC individual localities, water and sewer connection, garbage, and permit fees. This link is excel .xml format

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5.2.4 Standards, Guidelines and Regulations Affecting Ground Water Quality in British Columbia
There is no federal or provincial legislation directly related to the prevention of ground water contamination. There are, however, government acts and programs at both levels that provide standards, guidelines and regulations that have an indirect bearing on ground water quality. They can be classified into three groups: (1) drinking water quality standards, (2) federal statutes, and (3) provincial statutes.

The British Columbia Drinking Water Quality Standards (B.C. Ministry of Health, 1982) grew out of a federal-provincial task force that updated the 1978 Canadian drinking water guidelines. Although they are called standards, they are actually guidelines in that they are not legally enforceable. Two types of recommended limits are specified: (1) Maximum Acceptable Concentration, and (2) Objective Concentration.

gov.bc.ca/wsd/plan_protect_sustain/groundwater/gwbc/C05_contamination.html

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Westshore Estates 2009 projected budget for metering = $99,500

Westshore Estates 2009 projected budget for reservoir = $370,000

Westshore Estates on page 45

Killiney Beach 2009 budget for metering = $131,000

Killiney Beach 2009 budget for reservoir = $300,000

Killiney Beach on page 39

 

http://www.westsidewatermeter.ca/ (website no longer works)

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Water board issues grants
article from the Vernon Morning Star April 6, 2008
Water board issues grants article from the Vernon Morning Star April 6, 2008
Lots of water grants in this article.

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Page 4 of Governance and Services Committee minutes Feb 14, 2008

Okanagan Trail Riders Association (volunteer organization) applied to Okanagan Basin Water Board for a grant of $30,000 to fix and repair trails that have a direct impact in the Bear Creek corridor as well as building bridges in two areas around Bear Creek.

It was suggested in the future that the association consider joint applications with the water purveyor, Lakeview Irrigation District.

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May 20, 2008
Grants Increased to Small Communities

OKANAGAN – Peachland and Summerland are benefiting from $755,003 in provincial funding, announced Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe.

“Increasing our support to our growing Okanagan communities’ ability to successfully provide services is important,” said Thorpe. “I am proud of our governments’ commitment to continue to increase funding to help Summerland and Peachland meet their operating costs.”

These grants will be distributed to these communities as follows in 2008:
• Peachland will receive $429,694
• Summerland will receive $325,309

Small Community Grants assist small and medium-sized area municipalities to fund local and basic services. The grant allocation is based on a formula with three elements: basic funding for all municipalities with a population of less than 15,000, population-based funding, and property assessment-based funding.

The Small Community and Regional District Grants are part of a series of programs available to local governments to help provide services and infrastructure. This includes annual Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing, LocalMotion, Towns for Tomorrow and B.C. Spirit Squares funding, as well as the Green City Awards.

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Infrastructure grants denied for Enderby
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - May 07, 2008

The City of Enderby has lost out on major grants for infrastructure improvements.

Council was notified Monday that requests for water and sewer treatment projects were turned down by the federal and provincial governments.

“I guess they can’t give all of their money to the city and they have to spread it around,” said Mayor Sue Phillips of the fact that Enderby has received grants before.

The total price tag for the sewer improvements is $1.4 million, and it was hoped the provincial and federal governments would pick up two-thirds of the costs.

Work on the water treatment plant would have also been about $1.4 million.

Council was told Monday that the Canada/B.C. Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund received more applications than money exists.

“This decision does not reflect on the importance of these projects but rather the degree by which the program has been oversubscribed,” states a letter from the federal and provincial governments.

Both the sewer and water projects are designed to meet the city’s future needs, and they will be postponed because of the lack of senior government funding.

“It’s not critical right now but with new subdivisions going in, it’s something we will have to look at,” said Phillips of the projects.

“To accommodate growth, we need the infrastructure.”

However, Enderby has a largely residential tax base and it’s difficult for the community to pay for major capital works on its own.

“We are dependent on funding grants,” said Phillips.

“There are granting opportunities all of the time, so we will just keep at it (applying).”

While there is no help for sewer and water, the city will receive federal/provincial assistance for road upgrades in the Cliff View Street.

Of the $1.8 million price tag, the senior governments are providing $1.2 million for the project

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3. ENGINEERING SERVICES Minutes of February 6, 2003 page 4-5
a) Acquiring Private Water Utilities

Hilary read his report on the Regional District’s position on acquiring and operating private water utilities. Consideration is given based on the following:

  • That the current owners of the system support transferring the utility over to the Regional District.

  • That area residents are also in general support of the Regional District owning and managing the system.

THAT the report be received;
AND FURTHER THAT a copy be forwarded to the North Westside Road Rate Payers’ Water Committee.

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Article from North Westside Communities Newsletter regarding water for Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun.  Found in the Spring 2008 edition
$15,000 per household for water North Westside Communities News article says.  This article was not published on the NWCA website as of April 9, 2008.

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Nov 29, 2007

The Regional District operates eight water utilities and intends to implement a universal water metering program which is consistent with an initiative by the Westside Joint Water Committee. The cost of the program is estimated to be $920,000. $30,000 in funding assistance is being requested from the OBWB.
CARRIED

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Regional Board Report Feb 19, 2008

The Regional District also anticipates installation of water meters for its remaining water utilities in 2009, if funds are available and community support is received. The total cost for the 2600 meters in the Regional District's utilities is estimated to be $1,000,000.00

($1,000,000 divided by 2600 meters = $384.62 each meter)

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Clipart - New Latest News

3. ENGINEERING SERVICES (on page 4 at link below)
c) Valley of the Sun / Upper Fintry Water Service

Hilary Hettinga advised that an analysis was completed by Agua Consulting Inc. into the feasibility of providing domestic water and fire flows to Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun, and the Kubas development property. (Lower Fintry and the Fintry Provincial Park are not included).

Cost estimates were established at approx. $20,000 per lot.

There are 600 – 800 lots, most of which are vacant and thus it is unlikely that grants could be obtained.

Representatives of the areas were petitioned informally re. the estimated cost and they appeared optimistic. Staff will meet with the community to discuss further later in September.

BAKER/GIVEN

THAT the report be received. CARRIED

www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/eng/mins/2007/Eng_07_09_06min.pdf

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The costs provided are not fixed costs. They are estimated costs only
and, if the project proceeds, could be higher or lower upon completion of the project.

regionaldistrict.com/docs/engineering/NWwater/Upper Fintry - Valley of the Sun.pdf

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Please forward any questions, comments or concerns to the Regional District of Central Okanagan Engineering Services department, who can be reached at 250-469-6241 or via e-mail at

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/boards_committees/committee_eng.aspx

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/boards_committees/committee_wic.aspx

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/departments/admin/admin_howtoreach.aspx

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THE LATEST NEWS

Public Meeting Nov 5, 2007

7 PM at Killiney Beach Community Hall

A letter along with map was sent out Oct 4, 2007 from the Regional District of Central Okanagan to Valley of the Sun residents regarding the water system for Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun, and Shalal Road subdivisions.  We are not sure if Muir subdivision and Shalal Road properties received the letter, but we are in the process of finding that out, but we're sure they must have.

Notice of Public Meeting letter regarding a water system for Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun, and Shalal Road subdivisions
Click letter for larger print
(In Windows XP if the letter gets small after it loads, try clicking the bottom right corner to make it large again)

 

This is a map of the subdivisions that the water system could service.  Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun, and Shalal Road.  This map came in the same envelope that the letter dated Oct 4, 2007 above came in.
Map of the locations that RDCO is looking at servicing with a new water system.
Click letter for larger print
(In Windows XP if the letter gets small after it loads, try clicking the bottom right corner to make it large again)

Water Study Map on RDCO's website includes Fintry, Upper Fintry which is Muir subdivision, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun.

DL# Map includes District Lot # 2922, 2923, etc.

RDCO's Water Report by Agua Consulting

RDCO Engineering wants some indication from residents who can't attend meeting November 5, 2007, saying what they want.

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New sign Water Study Grants Approved

The Regional Board has received a letter from the Minister of Community Services approving two grant applications. The Regional District will receive $5,000 to assist with funding a study into potential water servicing options for the Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun in the North Westside Road area. As well, the province has approved $6,500 for a study of the priorities and costs of upgrades needed for the West Kelowna Water System.

Source RDCO Board Report Oct 15, 2007

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RDCO's North Westside Water Service Feasibility Study Completed

The majority of this service area consists of existing lots and residences so the area should not be considered a new development area. It may be possible that a filtration plant would not be required immediately and a new water system could still meet the approval of the IHA. Page 5
www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/engineering/NWwater/NW_Water_Report_07_09_27.pdf

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Re:  LaCasa Lakeside Cottage Resort

Stantec Consulting Ltd. verifying that both existing systems will adequately support the development at maximum buildout, although they do recommend that water conservation measures such as low flush toilets and low flow plumbing fixtures be utilized.

http: agendas/2004-12-13/item 6.1 application for a development permit for azura management corp.pdf

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Engineering Committee  Minutes March 20, 2007
Upper Fintry, Fintry & Valley of the Sun Water

a) Upper Fintry & Valley of the Sun Water
Don Darling advised that residents of the Upper Fintry and the Valley of the Sun subdivisions have been inquiring as to the feasibility of the Regional District providing community water to their subdivisions. The Engineering Department feels the overall area, including the Fintry Delta which already has a private water utility, should be included in a feasibility study.
• There are 3 available water sources: Okanagan Lake; Short’s Creek and wells.
• Preliminary cost estimate for the provision of water by RDCO to the Upper Fintry subdivision is $20,000 to $25,000 per parcel.
• Cost of providing water would be more than offset by the increase in the value of their property.
KNOWLES/HANSEN
THAT the Regional Board authorizes the Engineering Department to retain a consultant to conduct a study on the feasibility of providing water to the Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun, and Fintry Delta subdivisions;
AND FURTHER THAT a public consultation process be developed to work with area residents to determine preferred options and the level of support for the establishment of a community water system;
AND FURTHER THAT the Engineering Department apply for grants to offset some or all of the cost of the study;
AND FURTHER THAT the cost of this study, estimated to be $10,000, be paid for out of feasibility funds.
CARRIED

regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/eng/mins/2007/Eng_07_03_20min.pdf

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RDCO Board Meeting March 26, 2007

North Westside Water Options

The Regional Board has authorized the hiring of a consultant to study the feasibility of options to provide water to three areas of the North Westside. The Engineering Services Department will also consult with property owners in the Upper Fintry, Valley of the Sun and Fintry Delta subdivisions regarding possible options and support for expanding the existing or establishing a new community water system. At the present time, a private system provides water to property owners in the Fintry Delta, while those in the other areas must haul water in.

www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/rpts/2007/07_03_26brdrpt.pdf

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The Capital Grant Program provides partial funding to local governments for the renewal, upgrade and/or development of new drinking water infrastructure. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to, water treatment plant upgrades, installation of water meters and distribution system upgrades.

http://www.cserv.gov.bc.ca/lgd/environment/drinking_water.htm

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Water Board Grant Application Approvals
The Regional Board has endorsed grant applications from seven community based groups to the Okanagan Basin Water Board. That’s in addition to five applications from member municipalities in the Central Okanagan for up to $30,000 in funding under the Water Board program to promote innovative and cooperative projects to improve water quality and conservation. Approximately $170,000 in program funding is available for projects in the Central Okanagan.

www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/rpts/2007/07_03_12brdrpt.pdf

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March 15, 2007 Application Deadline For Infrastructure Planning Grant
Grants up to $10,000 are available to help improve or develop long-term comprehensive plans that include, but are not limited to: capital asset management plans, community energy plans, integrated stormwater management plans, water master plans and liquid waste management plans.

Grants can be used for a range of activities related to assessing the technical, environmental and/or economic feasibility of municipal infrastructure projects.

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MAPS

 

Map of DL 2922, Plan 20608- Valley of the Sun Lots

Map of DL 2923, Plan 35052 - Development in Front of Valley of the Sun along Westside Road

RDCO Geographic Information Systems Mapping
To find District Lots or Properties click on "Search" in the top menu when you get to the map.

RDCO Map of Water Systems

North Westside Water Study

BC Water Resource Atlas

iMapBC

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Subdivision and Road Maps

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Westshore Estates Utility Corridors
Don advised that the review of the unauthorized use of the utility corridors has been completed with the RDCO insurance providers and lawyers, Lidstone, Young & Anderson. It was recommended to post signs notifying users that the utility corridors are not maintained and that residents are using the corridors at their own risk. The estimated total cost is $7,580 which should be paid out of the Westshore
Water Utility’s yearly budget.

www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/eng/mins/2006/Oct_19_06.pdf

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Regional districts have three basic roles. They provide a political and administrative framework for:

  1. Providing region-wide services such as regional parks and emergency telephone services such as 911.

  2. Providing inter-municipal or sub-regional services such as recreation facilities where residents of a municipality and residents in areas outside the municipality benefit from the service.

  3. Acting as the general local government for the electoral areas and providing local services such as waterworks and fire protection to incorporated communities within the electoral areas.

    Revenue used to finance regional district operations and services is generated through property taxes, fees and other charges. Unlike municipalities, regional districts are required to match the benefits and costs of its services to the people that benefit from the services. In other words, residents pay for what they get.

http://www.cserv.gov.bc.ca/lgd/pathfinder-rd.htm

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The decision to establish a new service is made by the entire regional board, although the electors or representatives of the benefiting areas must provide consent as they will bear the cost of the service. In addition, service area establishment bylaws must be approved by the Inspector of Municipalities

Once a service has been established, the full board continues to be involved in certain instances, but decisions related to a specific service are the responsibility of those members of the board who represent the areas that receive the service. It is therefore the representatives of those who receive the service that decide how it will be run.

http://www.cserv.gov.bc.ca/lgd/regional/regional_district_services.htm

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Where regional districts provide services such as water and sewer, they own the infrastructure and are responsible for maintaining it. While most of the infrastructure is in communities that are not incorporated as municipalities, there are a few instances where the regional district is responsible for regionally-based infrastructure.

http://www.cserv.gov.bc.ca/lgd/pathfinder-rd.htm

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About Regional Districts - Government of BC Website

About RDCO Water Systems - RDCO Website

About RDCO Debt Servicing Fees (Payment Options) - Although this pertains to a sewer system, it most likely pertains to water system borrowing as well.

RDCO Growth Management Strategy Bylaw - RDCO Website

RDCO Engineering Committee - RDCO Website

Westside Issues Committee - RDCO Website

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SOME LINKS TO RDCO BYLAWS HERE BELOW, BUT NOT ALL

RDCO BYLAWS INDEX

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1181, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1168, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1163, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1153, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1064, 2003 - Amends Bylaw No. 704 Water Use Regulations

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 1046, 2003 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 940, 2001 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 898, 2000 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

Subdivision and Development Servicing Amendment Bylaw No. 810, 1999 - Amends Bylaw No. 704

RDCO Consolidated Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw #704

Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1166, 2006 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108

*LATEST BYLAW* Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1142, 2005 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108  *Contains Killiney, Westshore, etc. water system rates*

Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1121, 2005 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108*Falcon Ridge Rates*

Water Systems Amending Bylaw No. 1119, 2005 - Amends Bylaw No. 1108  *Contains Killiney, Westshore, etc. water system rates*

RDCO Consolidated Water System Bylaw #1108 - The purpose of this bylaw is to establish regulations under which water will be provided and to establish fees and charges which may be imposed against the owner of any parcel located within a Regional District of Central Okanagan water system service area.  *About recovery of costs associated with a water system*

RDCO Water Systems Bylaw No. 1108, 2005 (Not Consolidated) - Repeals Bylaw Nos. 614 and 664, Amended by Bylaw Nos. 1119, 1121, 1142, 1166

Water Systems Regulation and Management Amendment Bylaw No. 1054, 2004 - Amends Bylaw No. 614 *Water Use Regulations*

Water Utility and Maintenance Fee Amendment Bylaw No 843, 1999 - Amends Bylaw No. 734 - Amended By Bylaw No. 999

Water Utility User And Maintenance Fee Amending Bylaw No. 734, 1997 - Amends Bylaw No 664 & 709 Amended By 843, Amended By Bylaw No. 989

Water Utility User and Maintenance Fee Amending Bylaw No. 709, 1997 - Amended Bylaw No. 664 & Amended By Nos. 734 & 989

Water Utility and Maintenance Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 989, 2002 - Amends Bylaws No. 664, 709, 734, 843 *Killiney, Westshore, etc. User and Maintenance Fee Schedule*

Water Utility and Maintenance Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 1003, 2003 - Amends Bylaw No. 664 *Killiney, Westshore, etc. User and Maintenance Fee Schedule*

Water Utility and Maintenance Fee Amendment Bylaw No. 1062, 2004 - Amends Bylaw No. 664

Water Utility User and Maintenance Fee Bylaw No. 664, 1996 - Repeals & Replaces No. 615, Amended By No. 709, 734, 843, 989, 1003, & 1062 - Repealed by Bylaw No. 1108 *Killiney, Westshore, etc. User and Maintenance Fee Schedule*

Water Utility User Rates Bylaw No. 615, 1994 - Repeals Bylaw Nos. 250, 350, 362, 438, 447 & 498 - Repealed By Bylaw No. 664

More Killiney Beach Water System Bylaws

Westshore Water System Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 695, 1996

RDCO Consolidated Zoning Bylaw #871 - Revised Dec 11, 2006

North Westside Official Community Plan Consolidated - Revised Sept 11 2006

RDCO Consolidated Procedures Bylaw #944 - A Bylaw to define procedures for applications to amend an Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw, Comprehensive General Bylaw, Land Use Contract, to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan or issuance or amendments of a Permit, or exemption under Part 26 of the Local Government Act.  This Bylaw can be cited as the Development Applications Procedures Bylaw #944.

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GOVERNMENT & OTHER MISC LINKS

Community Charter - Local Area Services - Government of BC Website

Community Charter - Petitions to council
82 (1) A petition to a council is deemed to be presented to council when it is filed with the corporate officer.
      (2) A petition to a council must include the full name and residential address of each petitioner.

Community Charter - Petition for local area service
212 (1) The persons who may petition for a local area service are the owners of parcels that would be subject to the local service tax for the service.
212 (3) In order for a petition for a local area service to be certified as sufficient and valid,

(a) the petition must be signed by the owners of at least 50% of the parcels that would be subject to the local service tax, and

(b) the persons signing must be the owners of parcels that in total represent at least 50% of the assessed value of land and improvements that would be subject to the local service tax.

Ministry of Environment - Water Resource Information A-Z Index

Ministry of Environment - Water Rights and Legislation

Ministry of Environment - Water Rights and Expropriation

Ministry of Environment - Water Utilities

Ministry of Environment - Water Users Communities

RDCO - About Acquiring Private Water Utility in 2003 - Residents can form their own committee, make an offer to the owner and then petition the Regional District to make a specified area and prepare a borrowing bylaw to purchase the utility. It would then be assessed and a financial plan put together.

Ministry of Environment - Private Water Utilities

Ministry of Environment - Water Utilities
Guide to Applying for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN)

Ministry of Environment - Apply for a Water Licence  ---  Land Owners Consent Form

Ministry of Environment - Water Rental Rates

Ministry of Environment - Water Application Fees

Ministry of Health - Environmental Health Protection

Ministry of Health - Drinking Water Program

Local Government Grants Act - - Queens Printer

Local Government Grants Regulation - Queens Printer

Ministry of Community Services - Towns for Tomorrow Water System Funding News Release

Towns For Tomorrow Funding Website - BC Government Website

Drinking Water Protection Regulation - Queens Printer

Drinking Water Protection Act - Queens Printer

Water Act - Queens Printer

Water Utility Act - Queens Printer

Utilities Commission Act - Queens Printer

Municipal Finance Authority

Municipal Finance Authority Act

Municipal Finance Authority Regulation

Basics of Regional District Finance - Civic.net

Small Water Users Association of British Columbia - Links to Water System Suppliers

Associated Engineering

Water Supply Association of BC

BC Water and Waste Association

Okanagan Reservoir Report

BC Government Safe Water Supply - This publication covers choosing a water source, groundwater systems, surface water systems, testing water, solving water quality problems.

Westside Joint Water Committee - The Westside Joint Water Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public education partnership dedicated to informing Okanagan Westside residents about our water needs and our water resources.

Kelowna Joint Water Committee

Neptune Technology Group was contracted by the Westside utilities to install water meters

E.S.A. Creek Corridors Management Plan Map of Shorts Creek - RDCO

Environmental Operators Certification Program

Ministry of Environment - What is a Private Water Utility?
A water utility under the Water Utility Act is a person/business who owns or operates equipment or facilities for the delivery of domestic water service to five (5) or more persons or to a corporation for compensation. Private water utilities are usually created by developers to serve rural land development where community water service is required for subdivision approval and where there is no other water purveyor in the area that can provide service. A Water Utility is not a local authority such as a municipality, improvement district or local service area of a regional district and therefore not eligible for government funding such as infrastructure grants.

Things you should consider if you are thinking about forming a Water Utility and more. -  Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Environment Water System Design Guidelines

Ministry of Community Services Free Crown Grant/Nominal Rent Tenure Program
Provincial Context
Government has historically provided Crown land to local governments, public agencies and community organizations to support public purposes. This land has been provided at less than market value through a Crown Grant or Nominal Rent Tenure. This promotes economic and social development through providing access to Crown land for public facilities and community infrastructure.

InfraGuide is a national network of experts and a growing collection of best practice publications for core infrastructure - offering the best in Canadian experience and knowledge of infrastructure.  With founders - the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the National Research Council and Infrastructure Canada, and our founding member the Canadian Public Works Association - that help municipalities make informed, smart decisions that sustain our quality of life.

Potable Water - Best Practices

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STATISTICS

Statistics - BC's Water System Types (eg.) There are more than 3300 water systems in BC and 10 per cent of the population is served by a variety of public and private systems:

• Small municipalities (57 systems)
• Regional district service areas (97 systems)
• Improvement districts (211 systems)
• Private water utilities (185 systems)
• Water users communities (118 systems)

Action Plan For Safe Drinking Water in British Columbia - Ministry of Health Services

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Forming a Society
A society is usually formed by property owners to acquire a water system when no local government options are available. This occurs when the original owner/developer no longer wishes to operate the utility. Local public service agencies are normally formed to acquire water systems and provide service. Local service areas of regional districts are the preferred form of organization. However, sometimes formation of a society is the only option available, such as when the number of customers is too small or the regional district is unwilling to form a local service area.
http:

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Joint Works Agreement: An agreement that allows for the sharing of the responsibilities and costs for the construction and maintenance of a water distribution system that is common to two or more licensees.

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Fintry Provincial Park water comes from a well and is good water.

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AVAILABLE GRANTS

Local Government Grants

Infastructure Grants

Local Government Grants Act - - Queens Printer

Local Government Grants Regulation - Queens Printer

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Free Crown Grant/Nominal Rent Tenure Program
Provincial Context
Government has historically provided Crown land to local governments, public agencies and community organizations to support public purposes. This land has been provided at less than market value through a Crown Grant or Nominal Rent Tenure. This promotes economic and social development through providing access to Crown land for public facilities and community infrastructure.

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Infrastructure Planning Grant Program is only available until Sept 15, 2006.  An email was sent to the Regional District of Central Okanagan on Sept 11, 2006 asking RDCO to apply for this grant and help bring water to Valley of the Sun and Muir subdivisions but nothing was done because the whole subdivision did not ask.

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NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE NOW Ministry of Community Services - Towns for Tomorrow Water System Funding  *Available to apply for over the next two years*

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Infastructure Canada Grants

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Small Community Grant
This is an unconditional grant to municipalities to assist them to provide basic services.  Grant amounts are based on a formula that factors in a base amount, population and assessment values.  These grants generally apply to municipalities with populations up to 19,000.

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The Province also recently signed the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, a new infrastructure agreement with the Government of Canada to provide $102 million in combined senior government funding over the coming year for communities across B.C. At least 60 per cent of funding will assist with “green” projects such as drinking water supply, treatment and distribution needs; improved local wastewater and storm-water sewage treatment; enhanced public transit; and improved energy conservation. Read more about the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.

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Green Municipal Fund

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Do you want Terasen Water Works, a private company, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, or your own community to own and operate your local community water system?  Read what other people from other communities are saying.

http://thetyee.ca/News/2005/10/13/WaterPrivate/

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How about a community run water system owned by residents of Muir and Valley of the Sun subdivisions, and situated in between the two subdivisions at Shorts Creek? 

Or have the Regional District of Central Okanagan build and operate a community water system for Valley of the Sun and Muir subdivisions?

COMMUNITY WATER RATES

You will find sometime in Sept. 2006 a survey at your doorstep (Valley of the Sun and Muir subdivision), asking you what your preferred water solution may be.  Please fill in the water survey and return it in the same self addressed envelope you received the survey in.

The water system survey results will eventually be published on this website and a copy of each survey will be forwarded to the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

You should receive a water system survey by Sept 11, 2006, but if you didn't get one, send us a message here

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Water Systems Bylaw #1108 consolidated is the latest bylaw, amended by Bylaw #1119, 1121, 1142, 1166 which is all so confusing, its probably best to read Consolidated Bylaw #1108 the newest one.  RDCO Bylaws Index

The Regional District of Central Okanagan administers the following water systems

These are 2006 water system maintenance & user fee totals

  • 8 residences at Trepanier Bench Bylaw #1119 pay $1000.00 each per year

  • 54 residences at Falcon Ridge Bylaw #1119 and Bylaw #1121 pay $400.20 per year

  • 113 residences at Sunset Ranch properties under .25 ha. pay $225.00 per year and properties over .25 ha. pay $1800.00 each year

  • 146 residences at Pritchard Drive Bylaw #1166 pay $200.00

  • 177 residences at Westshore Estates pay $335.00 per year

  • 259 residences at Killiney Beach pay $325.00 per year and connection fee is $500.00

  • 855 residences at West Kelowna Estates Bylaw #1166 pay $331.48 per year and unimproved parcels pay $60.00 per year

  • 892 residences on meters at Sunnyside Bylaw #1166 pay $260.00 per year plus between .05 -.22 cents per m3, and unimproved parcels are charged $168.00

RDCO Bylaw #1119 and Bylaw #1142 explain "User" and "Maintenance" fees for each water system.

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RDCO Regional Growth Strategy - Water Resources Discussion Paper

RDCO Water Talk Spring 2006

RDCO Turbidity Education and Notification Campaign and Facts
Is your water safe to drink?
This question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. The "safety" of the water fluctuates, and the question at any one time is how safe and for whom.  Surface water can contain parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, which can cause gastro-intestinal illness.  The Turbidity Index informs people of the current level of turbidity and who should consider drinking boiled water or a safe alternative.

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Best Practices for Potable Water

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"About 70% of the earth is covered in water."

"In Canada, there is more water underground than on the surface."

Proportion of households in major cities connected to piped water (house or yard connection):

  • World – 94%

  • Africa – 43%

  • Asia – 77%

  • Europe – 92%

  • Latin America and the Caribbean – 77%

  • North America – 100%

  • Oceania – 73%


Proportion of households in major cities connected to sewers:

  • World – 86%

  • Africa – 18%

  • Asia – 45%

  • Europe – 92%

  • Latin America & the Caribbean – 35%

  • North America – 96%

  • Oceania – 15%


"It is estimated that in 1999, 26.5 million Canadians received central water services."

"On average, 13% of municipal piped water is lost in pipeline leaks – up to 30% in some communities."

Residential indoor water use in Canada:

  • toilet – 30%

  • bathing and showering – 35%

  • laundry – 20%

  • kitchen and drinking – 10%

  • cleaning – 5%


"A 5-minute shower with a standard shower head uses 100 litres of water. "

"A 5-minute shower with a low-flow shower head uses less than 50 litres of water."

Water uses and consumption:

  • toilet flush – 15-19L

  • shower (5 min.) – 100L

  • tub bath – 60L

  • automatic dishwashing – 40L

  • dishwashing by hand – 35L

  • hand washing – 8L (with tap running)

  • brushing teeth – 10L (with tap running)

  • outdoor watering – 35L/min

  • washing machine – 225L


"A single lawn sprinkler spraying 19 litres per minute uses more water in just one hour than a combination of ten toilet flushes, two 5-minute showers, two dishwasher loads, and a full load of clothes."

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Tip:

Instead of running the hot water tap waiting for the water to get hot and wasting water.  Install a recirculation system that comes on with the push of a button, giving the user hot water at any fixture in the house without running the tap first.

Recirculation Systems

http://hes.lbl.gov/hes/makingithappen/no_regrets/waterheater.html

http://www.toolbase.org/CAD/CadPNG/HWRecircSys-WthDdctdRecircLine.png

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Valley water quality needs $500-M fix
By J.P. SQUIRE Friday, November 24, 2006

Interior Health estimates it will cost $500 million to bring Okanagan drinking water up to Canadian standards. The bill for the entire Interior Health region is $675 million, Ken Christian, IH director of health protection, said Thursday from his Kamloops office. Although water purveyors dislike the current turbidity notification and awareness program, the cloudiness from suspended particles in surface water supplies is only going to get worse, thanks to the mountain pine beetle. As more and more pine trees die and the forest’s ability to absorb precipitation decreases, the result will be more turbidity in the runoff into Okanagan creeks and lakes. “We are only at the beginning of the turbidity problems, so we’d better expedite treatment,” said Christian. Health officials used to think that cloudiness in domestic water was an aesthetic or appearance problem, he said, but research is showing a connection between turbidity and gastro-intestinal illness. Christian recently met with 120 water suppliers in Vernon and then 35-40 in Kelowna to get their feedback six months after the launch of the turbidity program. In reviewing his 15 pages of notes from those meetings, Christian said IH staff will modify the information kits originally distributed to water suppliers last spring. Reworked notification and education kits will be issued in January. “This program is here, and it will stay. The public has a right to know. We’ll make it as good as we can, but it is messy,” he said. Interior Health deals with one major utility in Penticton, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Cranbrook and Nelson. But, in the Central Okanagan, there are six major water suppliers, which results in challenges when trying to alert users to problems in specific areas. “In the Kelowna market, people have to know who their water supplier is,” he said. When addressing the IH board in Kelowna last week, Christian said a better strategy is needed to alert affected customers. That should include having a complete, up-to-date customer list, an e-mail blitz, posters and information bulletins stuffed into bills. “This program is just an interim step until they get treatment in place,” he emphasized, noting his drinking water officers are identifying benchmarks for utilities to plan upgrades. The Greater Vancouver Regional District, by comparison, is spending $700 million on water treatment and another $300 million on new connections. Recent problems with turbidity there resulted in a boil-water order affecting 2.3 million people. “In particular, we’re looking at people who have immune-compromised systems, people who have chronic illnesses. That’s just good public health,” said Christian. “I don’t think we’ll be dealing with this in a decade because the work will be done. We’ll have comprehensive water treatment. ”Those who complain about the turbidity notification program are just stalling, he said. “The bottom line is they need to treat surface water. We need to keep them on that trail even though this is going to be a huge drain on municipal infrastructure funding. ”Federal-provincial infrastructure grants could provide up to 75 per cent funding for large- and medium-sized systems. One possible answer for small systems is package treatment plants.

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