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Poll: Water standards?

After an alternative approval process shot down expensive upgrades to the South East Kelowna Irrigation District water system in 2012, users are being faced with an option that will significantly increase the cost of that service.

SEKID said in press release Monday it is moving forward with a $23.7-million water quality improvement project to bring its drinking water up to mandatory provincial water quality standards. 

The upgrade will supply treated well water for domestic use through a new delivery system, and untreated surface water for agricultural use through the existing distribution network.

The district has developed what it feels is "a feasible funding plan that avoids borrowing by constructing the new system in two phases."

This means phase 1 properties will pay an additional $20/month levy beginning July 1.


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