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Aging Central Okanagan water system gets big facelift

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November 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM

VERNON - The multi-million dollar project to upgrade the Killiney Beach water system, which serves 280 connections, is set to break ground tomorrow.

Three kilometres of old water main will be replaced with new pipe along Winchester Road, Brant Road, Houghton Road, Keithley Road
and Moody Crescent, according to a release from the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

The release states that Winchester Road residents will be affected first. Construction begins tomorrow, Nov. 18, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As the project progresses, the contractor will provide notice before moving to the other streets.

Construction on the Hope Creek reservoir replacement and Winchester control building and improvements to the Westshore Estates Water System Mountain and Upper Reservoirs are scheduled to start next spring and run through fall of 2017.

The Westshore project is estimated to cost $1.3-million, with $870,000 coming from the community works fund gas tax program.

“As these are two of our oldest water systems, the significant funds provided for this critical infrastructure is greatly appreciated. The upgrades will ensure the continued effective and efficient operation of these RDCO water systems,” RDCO Chair Gail Given says.

Users will see improved water quality and storage and fire protection. The improvements will also help to reduce interruptions during power outages

“With construction projects of this magnitude, residents and motorists in affected areas may experience some minor inconveniences.  Please obey flag people and signage that you encounter along roads in the area during construction,” communications Officer Bruce Smith says in the release.

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