The federal and provincial governments approved the City of Kelowna funding application to the Clean Water and Wastewater fund grant for SEKID's project for improvements to provide clean drinking water to all citizens living in South East Kelowna.
A value planning review was completed by an objective third party from the United States - Value Strategic Value Solutions. This was done as a provincial requirement for a project to be considered for grant funding. Out of this value planning exercise the new 2017 Kelowna Integrated Plan was developed, and will start with the initial phase of the project to supply domestic water to SEKID residents through a new transmission line connecting to the City of Kelowna 's Water distribution system from Okanagan Lake. It also includes the separation of agricultural and domestic systems in SEKID. The well water supply option has been replaced with the new lake water option. Agricultural water, however, will continue to be supplied from Hydraulic Creek.
Before funding is awarded, a transition plan, is also a requirement of the provincial government and the grant funding application. The transition agreement is underway to map out the process to transition SEKID to the City of Kelowna. The SEKID management and the Board of Trustees are working hard to develop this plan in the best interest of the stakeholders.
Details for construction or changes in water rates are being reviewed and will be announced when further information is determined. For more information for landowners, SEKID is planning to host an Open House in April for residents as well as a newsletter will be sent out. Dates to be announced.