Township of Spallumcheen supports water projects

Spallumcheen council has unanimously backed grant bids by Steele Springs water district to conserve water and test chlorine levels.

Spallumcheen council has unanimously backed bids by one of its water districts to conserve water and test chlorine levels.

The Steele Springs Waterworks District has applied for two grants totalling more than $21,000 from the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

One grant, worth $18,000, is to use wireless radio communication from its remote reservoir to its pumphouse nearly three kilometres away to eliminate water overflow at the reservoir.

“Since our reservoir is .6 kilometres away from a power source, we plan to use solar panels and a storage battery system to power the radio transmitter at the reservoir,” explained district chairperson Brian Upper in the grant application.

Steele Springs is one of the few water sources that feeds into Deep Creek at a uniform rate year round. Without the inflow, Deep Creek, which flows into Otter Lake and then down into Okanagan Lake, would almost dry up in the summer.

The district diverts 15 to 20 per cent of the springs to supply 54 residences with domestic water, and another 10 to 15 per cent overflows the reservoir onto the ground two kilometres from Deep Creek.

“By controlling the pumps, seven-to-eight million more imperial gallons from the springs will follow its natural course in Deep Creek annually,” wrote Upper. “The success of this will be shown by measurements of water flow at our dam.”

Steele Springs has also applied for a $3,500 grant that would supply the district with a chlorine residual analyzer for its water outflow main line at its pumphouse.

The analyzer would allow chlorine levels at the water source to be carefully and automatically monitored at a level that assures safe levels at the far end of the Steele Springs main.