GVAC denies water request turned down for development

Great West Equipment is looking for additional water for an office/shop facility

A possible water connection to a Spallumcheen development hasn’t been denied.

While some media have reported that the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has turned down providing more water to Great West Equipment on L&A Cross Road, GVAC says the process remains ongoing.

“We haven’t resolved the issue,” said Juliette Cunningham, chairperson.

GVAC directors have directed staff to enter into negotiations with the Township of Spallumcheen and Great West, which wants to construct a new office and shop facility.

“These negotiations are to ensure the development of public infrastructure necessary to provide adequate water service both within the Greater Vernon service area boundaries and to enable the sale of water to neighbouring jurisdictions such as Spallumcheen,” said David Sewell, Regional District of North Okanagan chief administrative officer, in a release.

“A decision to refuse the sale of water allocation for the development of this property has not been made at this time.”

Spallumcheen has requested that GVAC increase the maximum flow of water provided to the Great West site by 3.43 litres per second or an equivalent of 4.40 hectares of allocation.

Great West has three locations in Vernon and it wants to consolidate all operations in Spallumcheen.

Rob Rintoul, Great West’s chief financial officer, says additional potable water from GVAC is needed to meet the needs of the staff in the corporate office.

“Non-potable water will be run off a well.”

The company has about 55 staff, including 40 in the office, and the new office could hold 90 people.