Killiney Beach water utility gets funds

The federal government is contributing $950,333 while the same amount is also coming from the provincial government.

New funding will be used to upgrade the existing Killiney Beach water system.

The federal and provincial governments announced grants Friday to increase the holding capacity of the upper reservoir by 500 cubic metres through the construction of a new holding cell, and decommission an aging lower reservoir. Also included is the installation of new, more powerful water pumps at the water intake and a new pressure reduction valve; as well as the replacement of 4.9 kilometers of distribution pipes.

The federal government is contributing $950,333 while the same amount is also coming from the provincial government.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan will be responsible for all remaining costs of the $2.8 million project.

“The regional district of Central Okanagan is extremely grateful for the funding participation of the senior governments in this much needed project,” said Gail Given, RDCO chairperson.

“It will help as we work towards achieving provincial water quality objectives and RDCO requirements to increase water storage volumes, water pressure and fire flows.  The Killiney Beach water system was built in the early 1980s and this major infrastructure upgrade will result in a more efficient operation and improved service for current and future customers.”