A helicopter removes an abandoned car from an area in Lake Country to promote Waste Reduction Week.

A helicopter removes an abandoned car from an area in Lake Country to promote Waste Reduction Week.

Chopper helps eliminate waste

Lake Country uses helicopter to remove old cars from watershed

Waste Reduction Week roared into Lake Country Tuesday under the deafening rotor wash of a helicopter. The Regional District of the Central Okanagan and Valhalla Helicopters teamed up for an event to kick off seven days of waste reduction awareness. A short drive up Beaver Lake Road is the site of a water intake for one of Lake Countryâ??s municipal water systems. In recent years, a number of demolished and abandoned cars have been spotted in close proximity to the intake. The situation was an ongoing concern for Patti Hansen, water quality technician for the district. â??Contaminants such as oil, gasoline and antifreeze can leak from these vehicles and get into our water supply,â? said Hansen. She added that the chlorination process used to clean water is complicated by such contaminants. RDCO stepped in to correct the situation by hiring Valhalla to remove the five vehicles from the forested area area by helicopter. Rae Stewart, RDCO waste reduction facilitator, says that her organization is working to partner with outdoors groups whose members may be aware of popular illegal dumping sites. Reporting an illegal dumping site to the RDCO can be done through the its website www.rdco.com. You can also report by telephone by calling 250-469-6250.

Waste Reduction Week roared into Lake Country Tuesday under the deafening rotor wash of a helicopter.

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan and Valhalla Helicopters teamed up for an event to kick off seven days of waste reduction awareness.

A short drive up Beaver Lake Road is the site of a water intake for one of Lake Country’s municipal water systems.

In recent years, a number of demolished and abandoned cars have been spotted in close proximity to the intake.

The situation was an ongoing concern for Patti Hansen, water quality technician for the district.

“Contaminants such as oil, gasoline and antifreeze can leak from these vehicles and get into our water supply,” said Hansen.

She added that the chlorination process used to clean water is complicated by such contaminants.

RDCO stepped in to correct the situation by hiring Valhalla to remove the five vehicles from the forested area area by helicopter.

Rae Stewart, RDCO waste reduction facilitator, says that her organization is working to partner with outdoors groups whose members may be aware of popular illegal dumping sites.

Reporting an illegal dumping site to the RDCO can be done through the its website www.rdco.com.

You can also report by telephone by calling 250-469-6250.