Funds spill into water study

The Township of Spallumcheen will use gas funds for a study on water.

Council voted unanimously to spend $25,000 from the gas tax revenue they’re receiving this year for a water supply capability report.

The report will determine the feasibility of expanding Greater Vernon Water Utility (GVWU) service to certain industrial lands in the township.

GVWU will consider the request as long as Spallumcheen provides certain technical information and analysis.

“They need to know some technical things and we’ll define the area and boundary, how much water we’ll want, what the uses in the area are, and consumption,” said township chief administrative officer Greg Betts. “They’ll look at their pipelines or possibly where a reservoir might go.”

The water report will also provide valuable background for the township’s community development plan, which is currently underway.

Water has been provided to certain parts of the township’s southern portion over the years. Water is currently provided to limited areas under the terms of a water agreement.

Council sent a request in April of this year to GVWU to seek approval to expand area service to southern area industrial lands in the township.

GVWU was updating its master water plan to assess a number of matters, including capacity in its system and long-term infrastructure needs.


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