New lake intake considered

The District of Summerland is looking to Okanagan Lake as a significant source of water for Trout Creek.

Council will receive an update Monday on the district’s preliminary plans for a water supply from Okanagan Lake.

The report says an Okanagan Lake water supply would reduce the volumes requiring chemical treatment at the water treatment plant with UV disinfection of the lake water.

The supply would also create “overall system redundancy,” in the event of a large forest fire or disaster in the Trout Creek watershed, “as the two district groundwater wells have insufficient supply capacity,” and quality to be considered good emergency sources.

Summerland currently hold two water licenses for Okanagan Lake, with staff proposing both be merged together near the lighthouse on Powell Beach.

The intake would pull 14 megalitres of water a day out of the lake.

“It is estimated that of the 10 ML/day demand from Trout Creek, almost 9 ML/day is irrigation and that 7 ML/day could be supplied by an Okanagan Lake intake,” the report states.

In 2012, rough cost estimates pegged the project would at $6 million over two phases.

The 2017 budget set aside $60,000 for further design work on the water intake. On Monday, council will discuss directing staff to proceed with the work.

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