Board offers sewer extension help

The prospect of sewer extending into rural jurisdictions is garnering the attention of the Okanagan’s primary water agency

The prospect of sewer extending into rural jurisdictions is garnering the attention of the Okanagan’s primary water agency.

Areas B and C, Spallumcheen and the Okanagan Indian Band are considering options for sanitary sewer.

“That’s the kind of thing we can help with,” said Anna Warwick Sears, Okanagan Basin Water Board executive director.

OBWB provides grants to communities throughout the valley to upgrade or install sewer systems as a way of shutting down septic systems and flows of phosphorous into lakes.

Beyond issuing its own grants, OBWB will support jurisdictions applying to senior government for infrastructure funds.

“We try to help communities with funds,” said Warwick Sears.

As part of the process, the electoral areas, Spallumcheen and the OKIB will develop a master waste water recovery plan to see if a sewer system is practical and financially sustainable.