A number of internal reports have been prepared for the Board of Trustees by district staff and consultants and are now available on this page. A brief summary of each report is provided. To download a report simply click on the name of the report of your choice and it will open in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Long Meadow Lake Reservoir was originally developed in the 1940's and has a live storage capacity of about 150 acre-feet. The outlet dam is a combination concrete and earth fill dam nearing the end of its useful life and out of compliance with current dam safety regulations. The cost to reconstruct the dams of the Long Meadow Reservoir would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Given the limited storage capacity of the reservoir, the decision has been made to decommission the reservoir and return the area to its natural condition.
This report by Ecoscape Environmental provides an analysis of the environmental impact assessment of the project and the environmental management and restoration plan for the project.
Attached is the final report for the Value Planning Study conducted on the 2012 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan. This report presents 10 elements for consideration in a new or updated 2017 Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan. These elements were developed based on prescribed guidelines to identify an alternative plan that meets the best-lowest cost technical solution for achieving the public health objectives, simplifies system administration, and maintains agricultural interests without regard to how the system would ultimately be governed.
This is the financing plan Scenario B5-5 that was adopted by the Board as the financing plan for the Water Quality Improvement Plan without government grant funding. This Scenario was updated on October 18, 2016 to confirm that the finances are on track to start the project in 2017. Should grant funding become available, this plan will be amended to reflect grant money which will either change rates, accelerate the project or both.
The Fish Lake outlet dam had been bypassed for several decades and the lake was not utilized as a storage reservoir. The dam was inspected by a senior dam safety officer in 2015 and the district was ordered to either rebuild the dam or decommission it completely. With a storage capacity of 124 acre feet of water (153 ML), the considerable cost to rebuild the dam was considered by the board of trustees as prohibitively expensive and the decision was made to decommission the dam. The district will either apply to amend the storage license to Browne Lake or to amend the point of diversion for the license to the Hydraulic Creek Intake. This report provides the decommissioning and environmental plan for the Fish Lake Outlet Dam.
This study by Associated Environmental Consultants conducted pathogen sampling at three groundwater wells in the Okanagan Valley, including SEKID's O'Reilly Road Well that services the Hall Road area. The project had two objectives for each groundwater supply:
1) Assess risks to groundwater supplies using industry standard techniques, and;
2) Study the occurrence of viruses in the water supply during a season with high precipitation and average pumping rates.
No pathogens were detected in any of the O'Reilly Well samples taken over the course of the study.
Updated January 2016. As per provincial dam safety regulations, this manual provides for the safe operation, maintenance and survelillance of the dams around McCulloch Reservoir. The OMS also contains the Emergecy Preparednes Plan for the reservoir.
January, 2015. The objective of the legislation regulating dams in BC is to mitigate the potential loss of life and damage to property and the environment from a dam breach by requiring dam owners to inspect their dams, undertake proper maintenance, report incidents and take remedial action and ensure that the dams meet current engineering standards by undertaking dam safety reviews.This Dam Safety Review of the McCulloch Resrevoir Dams by Golder and Associates ensures the objectives of the BC dam safety regulations are met.
updated September, 2013. As per provincial dam safety regulations, this manual provides for the safe operation, maintenance and survelillance of the dams around McCulloch Reservoir. The OMS also contains the Emergecy Preparednes Plan for the reservoir.
A full-cost rate review study was commissioned by the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2013. The purpose of the rate review was to determine the rate options for meeting the revenue requirements for financing the Water Quality Improvement Program (see the Pre-Design Report below), in addition to insuring the district has the financial capacity to fund the replacement of aging infrastructure and pay for on-going operational costs.
Mike Cresswell completed a model for forcasting water demand as his thesis for his masters degree from the School of Engineering at UBCO. Many water utilities in the Okanagan have upland storage reservoirs. Water is released from these reservoirs, flows down a natural creek channel before reaching the distribution system intake, where it is treated and delivered to the end user. Enough water must be released from the reservoir to meet demand and provide an adequate surplus or "spill"to maintain environmental flows downstream of the intake. Too much spill and the water is wasted, too little spill and environmental flows are not maintained. This model provides a tool for predicting demand taking into account a number of factors. A PowerPoint presentation of Mr. Cresswell's thesis defence can be viewed at this link: Water Management Model.