New Treated Water Reservoir and Ultra-Violet Facility
New Concrete Treated Water Reservoir under Construction, new Ultra-Violet Facility being commissioned, Permanent Bypass in place
Now that the Joe Bulach Pump Station has been constructed, and Okanagan Lake water is the primary supply for the GEID distribution system, GEID is working on Stage II and III of their water quality improvement plan.
Stage II Works: The District has completed construction of a new Ultra-Violet Facility at the McKinley Reservoir Site. At a cost of approximately $4 Million, the UV Facility provides a second barrier of protection to meet drinking water guidelines. Additionally, a second component of this project is the construction/placement of a permanent bypass pipeline. The bypass will allow Okanagan Lake water to bypass the (open) McKinley Reservoir, resulting in treated water being directly supplied into GEID's distribution system.
Stage III Works: Stage III works are comprised of a 10,000 m3 (closed) Concrete Treated Water Storage Reservoir, to provide balancing storage for the treated water from the UV Facility. The new Reservoir is estimated to cost $4 Million, with a completion date of May 2017.
These improvements are expected to result in water quality tests that fully meet Interior Health's 4-3-2-1-0 Objectives.
Once these water quality improvements are completed, the GEID Board of Trustees anticipate that the longstanding Water Quality Advisory will be removed.