Vernon and North Okanagan
RDNO disappointed with, accepts ruling
Sep 26, 2013 / 11:30 am
The Regional District of North Okanagan has expressed disappointment in a court ruling Wednesday that found it guilty of four charges stemming from the January, 2010 Antwerp Springs drinking water contamination.
In a news released issued Thursday morning, the regional government expressed disappointment in the results but "accepts the decision and is studying if for operational implications."
"The judge acknowledged the conscientious and excellent handling of the situation by the Regional District of North Okanagan staff, but felt more should have been done prior to the incident to reduce the risk of contamination," the district stated in Thursday's release.
"The decision suggests a utility must shift more from the management of risks to the reduction and elimination of risks within its system. This may be a very financially onerous task."
The district goes on to say the decision reinforces the the RDNO must diligently proceed to complete and implement the Master Water Plan, something it says it is committed to.
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