$12M for city water plan

The City of Kelowna will receive $12 million from the province to advance the second phase of its water plan.

Phase 1, which will integrate the city water system with Southeast Kelowna is well underway. Construction on that $86-million project is set to begin next month.

The second phase will include construction of a 4.4-kilometre KLO transmission main to provide multiple water sources from a number of intakes. It also calls for water system hydraulic modelling and advanced planning to define next steps.

Earlier this year, the city deferred $8.8 million from the KLO transmission main project to make up for a shortfall in Phase 1.

“We would like to thank the provincial government for its ongoing support in this important city-wide initiative” said Mayor Colin Basran.

“The government has not only shown a strong commitment to advancing this project through its significant ongoing financial contributions, but also through the continuing contributions of provincial staff in both planning and facilitation.” 

Consultations will continue between the city, First Nations and the three remaining improvement districts to ensure Kelowna's water needs are met into the future.

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