Penticton and South Okanagan
West Bench transformer installation
Nov 4, 2013 / 7:57 pm
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will contract with a consultant to design and install a transformer at the new West Bench pump station.
This transformer is a critical component of the West Bench water system upgrade.
The decision is in response to a labour dispute at FortisBC that could mean an indefinite delay to an improved water service for West Bench residents. Currently, the West Bench is serviced by a decaying pipeline from Okanagan Lake and is under a boil water notice.
The regional district has completed much of the work required to make the water system operational. Water mains are in place, meters have been installed and pump station construction is nearing completion.
An electric hook up is required, however, before the RDOS can throw the switch on the system.
"WIth our taking control of this part of the project, we can have the water system operational in mid-January or early February 2014," said Doug French, public works manager at the regional district. "Otherwise, with the dispute dragging on, there's little certainty as to when the new water system would be operational."
The district can install the transformer by taking advantage of FortisBC's Schedule 74 process, which allows approved consultants to design and build on behalf of the utility.
"This process has not been exercised much in the past and consequently has its own challenges, including obtaining electrical materials generally marketed only to utilities," said Lisa Bloomfield, RDOS engineer. "The transformer required for running the pump station won't be available for another 10 weeks. It has to be constructed according to our needs.
There are other components needed for the transformer as well, she added.
"In order to ensure the West Bench water system start-up is delayed no longer than necessary, the regional district will also have the equipment assembled by others," she said.
Meanwhile, road work required as part of the upgrade is beginning to wrap up.
Final paving details on West Bench Hill Road to Lower Moorpark Road is all but finished, although pathway work still remains to be completed.
The construction is part of a $9.7 million upgrade that will provide an improved water source for West Bench residents. Once completed, the system will draw water from the city of Penticton service.
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