Lake Country hopes to improve the quality of its water with a grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board.
The municipality was awarded a $10,000 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement grant from the water board to support the Vernon Creek Watershed/Beaver Lake Road Drainage Assessment project.
“The work was identified as a necessary risk management action,” says Mayor James Baker.
“It involves investigating the drainage of culverts and ditches along Beaver Lake Road and connections between sediment sources on Vernon Creek that may be influencing terrain stability.”
A 2010 source water assessment of the Vernon Creek watershed looked at drinking water health hazards and vulnerabilities.
Slope failures and landslides upstream of Lake Country’s water intake on Vernon Creek posed a high risk to water quality and infrastructure.
The results of this work will provide clear direction to the District and stakeholders on how best to mitigate the potential risks.
Information will be collected using GPS technology along with a photo log to gather accurate pictures of drainage features and potential sediment sources.
Engineering director, Michael Mercer, says the purpose of the project is to improve drinking water quality.
“The District is very proactive in taking action on water conservation and water quality improvements for our community. We have a full-time water quality technician and adhere to a strict water quality monitoring program," says Mercer.