The champagne flutes were filled with cold and clear water and raised in a toast to celebrate the completion of the North Westside’s newest water system.
A ceremony was held Tuesday to officially open the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun water system.
“This new $6 million water system, the sixth operated and maintained by the regional district, saw the installation of approximately 12 kilometres of water mains providing both treated water and fire flows to more than 340 properties in the three areas,” said Robert Hobson, Regional District of Central Okanagan chairperson.
“None of these properties have ever had domestic water service and residents have had to make their own arrangements to get water.”
Since construction of the water mains was completed in the spring, more than 50 properties have been connected, with another dozen in various stages of the connection process.
RDCO received $800,000 in funding to help offset the cost of building the new water system, including $407,500 from the federal government and $400,000 from the provincial government. Property owners in the service contributed or financed $17,230 each.
In addition to new water mains, a new well and pump station was built to support the system in the lower Fintry Delta area. As well, various control buildings and two reservoirs, with a total storage capacity of 1,746 cubic metres of water, were also constructed.
“This community water system brings both reliability and increased fire safety to residents,” said Ben Stewart, Westside-Kelowna MLA.