Oliver irrigation pipe to be repaired after damaging landslide

The Province of B.C. will be providing financial assistance to the Town of Oliver to aid in repairs to a large irrigation pipe damaged by a rockslide in January.
Image Credit: Town of Oliver

PENTICTON - A devastating landslide damaged the irrigation system in Oliver earlier this year but it is set to be repaired with the help of provincial funding.

The province and the Town of Oliver will share the $1-million repair bill to fix a section of pipe damaged in the January slide.

Roughly 400 farmers were affected by the incident, including members of the Town of Oliver and the Osoyoos Indian Band.

The province will contribute $525,000 with Oliver providing the remaining $475,000.

The section of pipe damaged by the slide connects water users with an irrigation canal located approximately five kilometres north of Oliver. Installed in 1997, the concrete pipe is more than six feet in diameter and is buried 10 feet underground. It suffered major damage in January when van-sized pieces of rock fell on it. 

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