InfoNews. ca – August 27, 2018
Three North Okanagan local governments are working together on a proposed plan to build a $36.9 million wastewater recovery system.
The Regional District of North Okanagan, the Township of Spallumcheen and the Okanagan Indian Band announced in a press release today, Aug. 27, the three parties had signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards moving ahead with the construction of a wastewater recovery system. The release says a wastewater recovery system would provide “significant environmental and economic benefits for all three jurisdictions.”
The proposed $36.9 million North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Project facility would serve residents and businesses in the Electoral Areas ‘B’ and ‘C’ as well as Spallumcheen’s industrial area, and parts of the Okanagan Indian Band reserve north of Swan Lake. The proposed wastewater system could potentially be built on a 2.5-acre site recently purchased by Spallumcheen on L & A Cross Road.
The three partners involved will now apply for a $24.3 million grant from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The shortfall will be made up by the regional district borrowing $5.2 million, Spallumcheen’s $1.5 million in reserves and a $5.9 million Okanagan Basin Water Board Sewerage Facilities Assistance Grant.