Duteau opens doors

Greater Vernon residents will get to see what $29 million bought them.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will hold a public open house at the Duteau Creek water treatment plant on Whitevale Road May 7.

“This is a way to cap off a successful process,” said director Patrick Nicol.

“Anything we can do to provide greater public education sounds good to me.”

The plant went into production in September 2010, but this will be the first opportunity for residents to observe the facility first-hand. The facility has addressed long-standing concerns about turbidity and the colour of the Duteau source.

“People are curious about the plant,” said Renee Clark, water quality manager.

While GVAC chairman Wayne Lippert supports the open house, he questions the projected cost of the event.

“There’s a $4,000 budget and I don’t think it really need to be that high,” he said.

According to Clark, the budget includes advertising the event, staff time and developing information displays.

The open house, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be held in conjunction with Drinking Water Week in B.C.

“It is a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives,” said Clark.