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New water system a priority for Kelowna

March 26, 2013 - 3:06 PM

By Julie Whittet

In the wake of World Water Day, Kelowna is embracing a new plan to update the city's water utility. Council approved yesterday a plan to get the provincial funding necessary to provide citizens in Kelowna with a modernized water supply system.

Kelowna faces a unique challenge with its water utility, which was designed in the 1960's to handle both the irrigation of agricultural land and domestic water supply. Today, the same infrastructure is being used to serve the city's growing urban population.

A joint committee representing the City of Kelowna, the Rutland Waterworks District, Black Mountain, the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District, and the South East Kelowna Irrigation District, is applying for government funding to finance the costly upgrades to the city's water utilities.

The plan aims to improve the quality of the city's tap water, to meet the requirements of the Drinking Water Protection Act and the BC Drinking Water Treatment Objectives.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250) 718-0428.

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