March 20, 2017 2:53 pm

West Kelowna ready to build new water treatment plant

Once the plant and the connections to the three other systems are completed, the highest possible quality of drinking water will be distributed to more than 18,000 residents says mayor Doug Findlater.

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The City of West Kelowna isn’t wasting any time in building a new water treatment plant.

Last week, the federal and provincial governments announced they’re contributing $41 million toward construction of the new Rose Valley water treatment plant.

For 14 weeks last year, thousands of residents were forced to boil their water because of an algae bloom in the Rose Valley reservoir.

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The city says the federal and provincial contributions will help fast-track construction of the new treatment plant.

The City of West Kelowna’s share for the new plant is $8 million which will come from reserves and potential borrowing.

The city will put out a request for proposals within the next month.

The $49 million plant will supply safe drinking water to 12,000 residents who rely on the Lakeview system. There are also plans to connect the plant to West Kelowna Estates, Pritchard and Sunnyside water systems.

“Once the plant and the connections to the three other systems are completed, the highest possible quality of drinking water will be distributed to more than 18,000 residents, over 300 businesses, seven schools, City Hall, our future public works yard, our two arenas, and Interior Health’s Brookhaven Extended Care Facility,” West Kelowna mayor Doug Findlater said.

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