Old Kamloops Road work nearing an end

Regional district separating drinking and irrigation water lines

A major development in Greater Vernon’s water system remains on track.

Separating the drinking and irrigation water lines is mostly complete for the first two phases of the west Swan Lake project, with final testing and disinfection continuing to the end of September.

“Work on private property to reconfigure services will begin once the separated waterlines are filled,” said Rod Pleasance, a project engineer with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“Greater Vernon Water expects that this work will begin at the end of September and continue through to mid-December. It is expected that construction works on private property will not impact Old Kamloops Road.”

Paving of Old Kamloops Road is now complete from the Blue Jay subdivision to 43rd Avenue.

“Paving for the first two phases is expected to be completed by early October,” said Pleasance.

Construction of the west Swan Lake separation project started in May.

“This project involves separating the drinking and irrigation waterlines in the area west of Swan Lake to improve the drinking water quality by removing Goose Lake as a drinking water source,” said Pleasance.

“Upon completion of the project, Goose Lake will be used only for irrigation purposes.”

The first two phases of the project (43rd Avenue to the Swan Lake pump station) are expected to be complete by the end of 2012.

The third phase of the project (Swan Lake pump station to Highway 97) is budgeted for 2013.

“The third phase will include separating the drinking and irrigation waterlines and reconfiguring services on private property,” said Pleasance.

“These works will impact Old Kamloops Road for approximately three months while construction is underway.”