Summerland and RDOS sign water deal

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The District of Summerland and RDOS have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding allowing residents of Faulder to connect to the district's water system.

It was imperative the RDOS found an alternative water source for residents of Faulder after it was determined their current source was not meeting Canadian drinking water standards.

The agreement means the 80 residential properties in the Faulder area will receive clean drinking water that meets current standards.

Under the terms of the agreement, the RDOS will build and pay for a new pipeline from the Summerland Water Treatment Plant to Faulder.

The RDOS will also provide a one-time payment of $320,000 which will be used to further separate irrigation users from the domestic water system.

Faulder residents will be required to install water meters and will be billed based on water consumption.

Once the new lines have been completed, they will be turned over to the municipality.

"We are very pleased that we can enter into an agreement that will benefit both the residents of Faulder by providing clean and safe drinking water as well as the residents of Summerland by furthering our planned irrigation water separation project," says Summerland Mayor, Janice Perrino.

"This is a win-win situation that demonstrates the co-operation between local governments that is so necessary for us to provide the best possible services for all our citizens."

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