July 22, 2014 1:24 am

Irrigation district seeks approval to borrow millions for improvements

KELOWNA– A local irrigation district held the first of two information open houses Monday evening as it works to improve the quality of water it delivers to it’s customers.

The Black Mountain Irrigation District (BMID) is looking to borrow up to seven million dollars to build a UV Disinfection Facility.

The UV treatment would provide water customers an additional level of protection from protozoa like cryptosporidium and giardia.

It’s an alternative approval process that could only be defeated if 10 percent of taxpayers expressed written opposition.

The BMID wants to borrow money for the UV project and then use it’s reserve funds to build a new Mission Creek fed reservoir near the Black Mountain Golf Course.

It’s currently seeking re-zoning approval for that project.

A second open house will be held next Monday, July 28th at the Black Mountain Golf Club.

September 5th is the closing date for public submissions on the issue of borrowing money for the UV Disinfection Facility.

The BMID hopes to begin construction this fall.

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