Planning continues for a sewer treatment facility along the Swan Lake corridor.

Planning continues for a sewer treatment facility along the Swan Lake corridor.

Funding sought for Swan Lake sewer process

The phase two study will refine technical aspects of the project, as well as examine funding

Plans are escalating for sewer treatment along the Swan Lake corridor.

The Regional District of North Okanagan, Spallumcheen and the Okanagan Indian Band will pursue a provincial grant for a phase two feasibility study.

“The project will facilitate long-term planning for future development in our areas,” said Mike Macnabb, BX-Silver Star director.

The partners have collaborated over the past year on a phase one feasibility study. It explored options for providing sewer treatment in the Swan Lake corridor.

When it proceeds, the phase two study will refine technical aspects of the project, as well as examine funding options and governance structures.

“The township strongly supports the purpose and work of the partnership to undertake phase two of the project as it will maximize development potential of existing and future industrial-commercial lands, and provide a source of irrigation water for local farm operations,” said Janice Brown, Spallumcheen mayor.

The Okanagan Indian Band is also at the table.

“The benefits to the OKIB community include increased capacity to develop the Swan Lake reserve with numerous identified uses including tourism and commercial-light industrial developments,” said Chief Byron Louis.