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North Okanagan property owners set to vote on wastewater funding

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January 16, 2019 - 6:30 AM

NORTH OKANAGAN - North Okanagan property owners will soon have their say on the funding for a proposed wastewater recovery project.

In a press release, the Regional District of North Okanagan alerted residents in B and C Electoral Areas (which covers Silver Star Mountain, the BX Area, and Crown and First Nations land around and near Okanagan Lake) they'll soon receive petitions regarding funding for an ambitious sewer project in the Swan Lake Corridor.

The project, which was announced last August, would serve Spallumcheen and the Okanagan Indian Band, along with the electoral areas. The proposed service would create a sustainable sewer system along with a treatment facility. The project's goal is to preserve water quality in the area and provide reclaimed water for farming.

The project's total price tag is $36.9 million. The Regional District is asking B and C Area residents to vote to borrow $5.2 million to fund their share (12 per cent) of the project.

The press release broke down the costs, with Spallumcheen offering $1.5 million and $5.9 million and $24.3 million coming from the Sewerage Facilities Assistance Grant and the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Grant, respectively.

Residents who receive petitions can sign them to vote yes or return them blank to vote no. All petitions need to be returned to the Regional District by Mar. 15. An open house on the project will be held on Jan. 22 at the Vernon Christian School from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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