Lake Country taps into meters

Residents of Winfield, Carr’s Landing and Okanagan Centre will benefit from updated water meters

  • Jul. 5, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Residents of Winfield, Carr’s Landing and Okanagan Centre will benefit from updated water meters thanks to joint funding from the provincial and federal governments.

The $1.18 million project was announced on Monday, with Lake Country, and the government’s of B.C. and Canada taking on one-third of the total cost with each share pegged at $394,018.

The money will go towards installing backflow prevention devices on agriculture water users in Lake Country as part of the district’s water master plan. In 2014 the district installed the devices on farmer’s water systems in Oyama.

In 2016, agriculture users in Winfield, Carr’s Landing and Okanagan Centre will have their systems brought up to safety standards with the new funding.

Five-hundred systems in total will be done.

“We put a high priority on having a safe, secure and reliable water supply that is sustainable,” said Lake Country Mayor James Baker.

“The universal water metering and backflow prevention program is part of Lake Country’s contribution to environmental stewardship for the whole Okanagan water basin.”

Backflow prevention devices on agricultural connections being installed in Lake Country will help protect the water system from contamination. The project requires updating 200 water meters with new meters that will help the region monitor water usage and identify opportunities to assure the long-term sustainability of the water supply for the area.

The project is among those recently approved in B.C. that will collectively receive more than $42 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Small Communities Fund.

“This project is a great example of partnership between local, provincial, and federal government, and how improving infrastructure in communities across British Columbia continues to be a priority for this government,” said Norm Letnick, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA.

“We are proud to invest in projects like the agricultural water meter upgrades in Lake Country that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure,” added Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan.