January 07, 2016 - 12:00 PM
The Water Supply Association of B.C. has represented its member’s water supply concerns for over 90 years. Our mission statement is to represent the interests of British Columbia’s public, domestic and irrigation water suppliers and their customers with the main objective of working to promote the development, conservation and proper utilization of the water resources in British Columbia.
The Water Supply Association of B.C. is therefore pleased to announce that the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District is the recipient of the Brian Harvey Award for 2015. Brian Harvey spent his entire career in the water industry in the North Okanagan and spent many years as the chair and later as secretary of the Water Supply Association. He was instrumental in making water system improvements that not only addressed water quality but ensured that system sustainability became common practice.
To honour his legacy, the Water Supply Association of B.C. recognizes water purveyors for achieving a standard of excellence in the water supply industry and who have made significant improvements to ensure that water quality meets or exceeds current standards. The award was last presented in 2009 to the Town of Oliver.
Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District is being recognized for the construction of the Joe Bulach Pump Station located at McKinley Landing. The facility, which services a population of over 18,000, currently utilizes four pumps but will ultimately be equipped with six, 700 HP pumps which can deliver 1390 L/sec of Okanagan Lake water directly into the treatment system. At a depth of 36 meters GEID can boast that it has the deepest lake intake which is not impacted by outside influences such as creeks or industrial activity. Constructed with the environment and surrounding residential properties in mind, the facility was designed to rigorous standards for noise abatement and visual impact. Heating and cooling of the facility is done by a state of the art closed HVAC system which uses lake water delivered to the caissons housed within the facility. It should be noted that GEID is possibly the only water district in the Okanagan valley who replenishes all their lake withdrawals by diverting upland storage water back into the lake.
The Water Supply Association of B.C. congratulates the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District on this outstanding achievement.
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