An Important message from the Board of Trustees: Update on the SEKID, City of Kelowna Water Quality Improvement Project:
- As ratepayers will have seen in previous communications, the City of Kelowna received a $43 million grant in March 2017 to undertake, among other things, the improvement of water quality in the SEKID distribution area and the integration of SEKID’s water system into that of the City. The approved plan involved bringing water from Lake Okanagan for all domestic connections in the SEKID area.
- Due to a number of factors, including the increase in construction costs, it is now apparent that existing funds will be insufficient to fully fund the project.
- As a result, the SEKID Board has been working with the City and the Province, exploring various means to deal with the escalation in cost.
- The Province has indicated that the grant awarded is for the original project and any consideration to a change in scope of the project is not possible. Nor are any additional funds, in addition to the grant, available from the Province.
- We will have firm information on the level of projected cost increases and options for financing by March 2018. A full consultation with ratepayers will be held this spring to discuss the impact of changes to the project on SEKID Domestic and Agricultural rates and service.
- Updates will be provided on www.sekid.ca as new information becomes available.
SOUTH EAST KELOWNA IRRIGATION DISTRICT
Board of Trustees