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Water funding extended

The timeline for government funding of a new Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant announced in 2017 has been extended, after construction continues to face delays.

On Tuesday, Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr announced the deadline for federal and provincial funding for the plant, totalling $41 million, will be extended two years to March 2022.

“In the case of the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant project, West Kelowna had run into a number of logistical difficulties in meeting the timelines required by the Clean Water Wastewater fund,” Fuhr said in a press release.

Construction of the plant was initially expected to begin in 2018, with completion expected by the time the grant funding expired, in 2020.

The project has seen several delays, ranging from flooding in 2017 and 2018 to endangered snakes and nesting birds found on the land that had been secured for the project.

“Without a doubt in my mind, this project would be years away, if not completely out of reach for West Kelowna, without the support of the federal and provincial governments,” Mayor Gord Milsom said.

The plant will be located on 24 acres on Bartley Road

Construction on the $53.5-million project is expected to begin by next spring. It's expected to take 20 months.



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