Water plan

Resident has several concerns about the upcoming $70 million water referendum

I have several concerns about the upcoming $70 million water referendum for Greater Vernon.

A recent letter writer implied that to depart from the wisdom of the master water plan would be to start from scratch in relation to considering another water source such as Okanagan Lake. Why would this involve starting from scratch? You would not be closing down both Duteau and Kalamalka Lake sources. Is there not an opportunity to look at this again, and consider piping water from Okanagan Lake to a treatment facility?

Who, if anyone has been trying to secure federal and provincial funding for such a large undertaking? In past years, a project of this magnitude would have qualified for one-third capital cost funding from each of the two senior governments, thus reducing the financial burden on the local taxpayers. Is there any possibility of this happening?

Has a senior official in Interior Health ever confirmed in writing what minimum requirements must be met to comply with Canadian drinking water standards, and if so, what are those requirements?

Lastly, how many of the candidates running for office in Vernon and Coldstream are getting behind this referendum to ensure it is approved? All of them, some of them or none at all?

If more information is not forthcoming to address some of these points, I will not be supporting the water referendum Nov. 15.


Rod Drennan




Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

New president for Silver Star Rotary Club

Vernon club swears in new president and executive board amid COVID-19

New home for Vernon Search and Rescue set for public hearing

After outgrowing their current location, VSAR looks to move to Silver Star Road

COVID-19: Coldstream council ready to welcome back public

Seven individauls can attend council meetings as of July 6 amid pandemic

Noose graffiti not tolerated by Vernon resident

Woman, son paint over hateful image painted on neighbourhood fence

Normal water use can resume in Vernon

Emergency repairs on major water main complete, water quality advisory in place for some residents

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

B.C. First Nations vow to keep fighting after Trans Mountain pipeline appeal denied

Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band made the application

‘Queue jumpers’ not welcome in B.C. as COVID-19 U.S. cases rise: Horgan

Premier Horgan said he’s heard concerns that Americans have stopped at Vancouver hotels instead of heading to their destination

HERGOTT: The right to resist unlawful arrest

Paul Hergott is a personal injury lawyer based in West Kelowna

‘We have your grandson’ – Princeton seniors scammed out of thousands of dollars

Two elderly Princeton men are saying they were robbed of thousands of… Continue reading

Finale of seven-week food drive arrives at FreshCo Kelowna

The new grocery store has partnered with the organization for a food drive

US officer resigns after photos, connected to death of black man in 2019, surface

Elijah McClain died, last summer, after police placed him in a chokehold

‘We need to re-think our systems’: Kelowna mayor on RCMP Southeast Division statement

The RCMP held a news conference on Thursday, July 2 to address concerns in the force

Most Read