Vernon residents officially have some award-winning water.
The Regional Disrict of North Okanagan celebrated the official opening Tuesday, June 25 of the new Ultraviolet Disinfection Facility which disinfects water from Duteau Creek, a primary water source for Greater Vernon Water.
The newly-constructed facility, along with the existing Dissolved Air Flotation Plant, treats 60 per cent of the domestic and irrigation water in the Greater Vernon area.
“The completion of this new UV disinfection facility is helping ensure the communities of North Okanagan have the modern infrastructure they need to provide residents with high-quality water for years to come,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Investing in public infrastructure like this is vital to creating livable communities where people enjoy a better quality of life.”
Construction for the UV Disinfection Facility began in 2017 and was completed in early 2019. The project benefitted from a $5.81 million grant from federal and provincial partners through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).
“Our government is focused on delivering the services people count on and we are proud to have helped the Regional District of North Okanagan to make this project a reality,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Thanks to this investment, the residents of the community can now feel confident knowing that the water from their taps is clean and safe to drink.”
“We have made important strides in the past 15 years when it comes to Greater Vernon’s water quality,” said Akbal Mund, Chair of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee. “Citizens and businesses who receive water from the Duteau Creek source can turn on their taps, knowing that they have high-quality drinking water in their homes and businesses.”
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