Predator Ridge Resort and other golf courses are expressing concern about the cost of irrigating with Vernon's reclaimed water.

Predator Ridge Resort and other golf courses are expressing concern about the cost of irrigating with Vernon's reclaimed water.

Golf courses claim high water rates put them at risk

Businesses call for Vernon council to adjust reclaimed water rates

Vernon’s golf courses say layoffs and possible closure could be options if water rates don’t decrease.

A delegation from Predator Ridge, the Rise and Vernon Golf and Country Club told council Monday that charges for reclaimed (effluent) water will increase from $224 a hectare in 2005 to $3,199 in 2015.

“If we were profitable, we wouldn’t be in front of you,” said Terry Yacyshen, general manager at the Rise.

“This is extremely punishable for the industry as a whole.”

The delegation also included Hillview Golf, which has seen rates climb for potable water.

The courses want the city to work with them to determine an economically viable rate schedule and to reconsider the 2014 annual allocation fee.

“It’s an issue that will get a lot of sympathy from council and staff,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

“It will occupy much of the next council.”

Look for more in Wednesday’s Morning Star.