Improved treatment added to water utility

Silver Star residents have tapped into greater assurances that their drinking water is safe.

Silver Star residents have tapped into greater assurances that their drinking water is safe.

A recently completed project will add ultra-violet treatment to the existing chlorination of water at the residential neighbourhood and resort.

“It’s an improvement to the water system,” said Mike Macnabb, a Regional District of North Okanagan director.

“We are dealing with water quality issues as we can.”

The $1 million project was a result of $200,000 from the federal government, $400,000 from the provincial government and $439,000 from the Silver Star Water Utility.

“You can’t put a price on safe drinking water,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.

“Guests at Silver Star and nearby residents deserve access to clean, safe water, and now they will have it.”

The UV project was initiated because of guidelines from the Interior Health Authority. and that causes Macnabb some concern.

“It (drinking water) is their mandate and I understand that but we can bankrupt residents with these projects,” he said of IHA’s financial demands.

“No one has died from the water. It may not be the best in the world but it’s not the worst. Good quality water is important but how do we fund this?”

Macnabb also points out that the regional district doesn’t have authority over watersheds and is unable to protect water at its source.

“We’re held to regulations beyond our control,” he said.