Annual Water Taxes

The South East Kelowna Irrigation District is an improvement district operating under the authority of the Local Government Act. All water taxes are authorized under Bylaw and have been reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

A Water Tax is levied against all residential properties and agricultural lands in the district once a year. All properties one acre or less are charged a flat rate. Properties over one acre are assessed on the number of acres of water rights the property has. For example, if a 10 acre property has 5 acres of water rights, then the charge would be 5 acres x the current yearly rate. All irrigation services are metered and provided an annual water allotment. Exceeding the annual allotment will result in a metered rate penalty being levied in addition to the annual tax.  More information on the agricultural metering program can be found under Conservation/Agricultural Program.

Assessment Notices are mailed to all properties in September to verify the size of the property, grades and area of water rights and ownership. If there is a discrepancy between our records and yours, please call the office and  talk to the staff.  A Court of Revision is held once a year with the Board of Trustees to settle assessment disputes and to adopt the annual assessment for tax billing.  The date of the Court of Revision is included on the Assessment Notice.

Water Taxes are billed in mid-November and due December 31. A 10% penalty and interest applies to any unpaid balance at the end of February the following year.


2017 - Annual Water Tax Rates 

Grade G (dry land): No charge
Grades: A, B, C, M & R (per acre/parcel): $87.30

2018 - Annual Water Tax Rates 

Grade G (dry land): No charge
Grades: A, B, C, M & R (per acre/parcel): $91.70

For an explanation of the different grades of water rights, please view the district’s Assessment Bylaw under “Bylaws.”

Water Rights -  Contact the district office for information on the procedure for obtaining water rights for your property. You can download a Water Rights Application form from this site by following this link: Water Rights.