Multi-million water upgrade detailed

Information session Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Regional District of North Okanagan office about $70 million borrowing referendum

Greater Vernon residents are encouraged to find out more about a multi-million-dollar upgrade to the water system.

There will be an information session Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Regional District of North Okanagan office about the master water plan and the $70 million borrowing referendum Nov. 15.

“I would have thought there would be more people show up,” said director Mike Macnabb of the poor attendance at the three other information sessions.

If the referendum is successful, upgrades will include filtration at the Duteau Creek treatment plant, an oversized irrigation main line, separation of Coldstream agricultural water, improved domestic distribution, a pump station for agricultural supply and raising the Aberdeen Lake dam.

Gravel restrictions adopted

There are tight new rules for gravel extraction in  Greater Vernon’s electoral areas.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has adopted a bylaw that prohibits all processing activities associated with the conservation, management and extraction of primary forest, mineral and other resource materials on properties zoned country residential in BX-Swan Lake and BX-Silver Star.

“We are progressing in the right direction,” said Mike Macnabb, BX-Silver Star director, of limiting the traffic, noise and dust impact of gravel extraction on residential neighbourhoods.

“It will go a long way to take care of the concerns.”

In another matter, RDNO has adopted a bylaw that would allow medical marijuana production within the Agricultural Land Reserve and industrial zones in the five electoral areas.

Mabel Lake water utility funded

A small water utility is getting a much-needed financial boost.

The North Okanagan Regional District will provide $12,000 in community works funds to the Mabel Lake water utility for water quality testing.

“The Interior Health Authority has requested a chlorine upgrade,” said Jackie Pearase, rural Enderby director.

Pearase says IHA-ordered enhancements are a significant monetary struggle for the small community.

“The utility doesn’t have the money so they have to find it somewhere else,” she said.

“They had spent their reserves to upgrade the system already.”