Oliver comes up with temporary fix to water problem
OLIVER — The town of Oliver says it has come up with a temporary solution to a serious water situation.
The town is dealing with a potential water shortage as the result of a rock slide in January in the Gallagher Lake area where a siphon on the canal irrigation system was heavily damaged.
The canal provides water to the town, surrounding areas and Osoyoos Indian Band.
Officials say damage to the siphon is significant but has come up with a band-aid solution — inserting sleeves inside the siphon.
“This is a temporary solution for the irrigation season and cannot guarantee a 100 per cent fix if there are more damages or settlement,” the town says in a news release.
It says the town will be working on finding a permanent fix to the problem in the irrigation off-season.
Meantime, the mayor of Oliver is currently lobbying the provincial government for funding to cover the costs associated with fixing the problem.