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What Happens After It Goes Down the Drain?

May 16, 2013 - 2:32 PM

Most Central Okanagan residents never give it a thought.

What happens to all that household water that flows down the drain or is flushed away?

You can find out the answer first hand as the Regional District of Central Okanagan hosts free tours of its Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The facility is located at 4261 Gellatly Road in West Kelowna.

The tours are being held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 22nd; Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th.  If you’re interested in taking part, please call the RDCO Environmental Services staff at 250-469-6250 to reserve your spot.

The facility uses the internationally recognized Westbank biological treatment process to process an average nine-million litres of wastewater every day from businesses and homes in West Kelowna, Peachland and Westbank First Nation reserves #9 and #10.

A more than $13-million expansion was completed at the plant last year, expanding redundancies, improving air quality and increasing capacity to service a future population of up to 42,000 within the three participating communities.  This recent upgrade ensure best management practices and Provincial operating criteria are met in treating wastewater before sending into Okanagan Lake.

As well, biosolids from the facility are being managed through a unique environmental land reclamation program provided to the Regional District by SILVIS.

You can learn more about the plant by visiting www.regionaldistrict.com/wastewater.

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