Work on Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant progresses, boil water notices ensue

Work on Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant progresses, boil water notices ensue

Future work will require boil water notices, but those will be issued closer to the date

Work on the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant is progressing well, according to an update from staff during Tuesday night, Sept. 29’s West Kelowna council meeting.

The city’s director of engineering and public works Allen Fillion said during the week of Sept. 7, crews tied in a new pipe from the Rose Valley dam to the end of the new plant on Rosewood Drive which required a boil water notice.

“We thank the public for their understanding as we completed that important task,” Fillion said.

Another pipe is scheduled to be tied in during the week of Oct. 19, which will require another boil water notice.

“We will have further information on that as we get closer to advise the public. Again, we appreciate the public’s understanding of the important step of this project, which ultimately will reduce the need for these boil water notices and water quality advisories greatly.”

As for the design of the plant, Fillion said the city has received 90 per cent of the drawing from the consultant, with the consultant now finalizing the design and getting it ready for the tender, which should be awarded in October.

The Council Initiative – Subject to Petition Against process is also ending this week, which will help the city determine if there is enough petition against long-term borrowing of up to $23.5 million for plant design, construction and financing.

Those who are in favour of the plan don’t have to do anything, but those opposed have to sign the mailed form and return it to city hall by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.

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