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 the 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.
A transition plan is also a requirement of the provincial government and the grant funding application. The transition agreement between SEKID and the City of Kelowna has now been finalized. The plan makes provisions for the diverse variety of issues that need to be dealt with to insure the smooth transition of SEKID's objects into the city's care. A primary goal of the plan is to make the transition as seamless as possible for the residents and agricultural community. The SEKID management and the Board of Trustees have worked hard to develop this plan in the best interest of the stakeholders.
The City of Kelowna is responsible for implementing the water quality improvement program. The project will be done through a design-build process. Three teams have been approved to submit bids for the project and it is estimated bids will be received toward the end of February, 2018.
More information about the project can be found on the City of Kelowna web page by following this link: Kelowna Water Integration - Phase 1. The project manager for the City of Kelowna, Patrick Aylard, can be reached at 250 469-8727.