RDEK – Board Highlights – October 2014

Read about what is happening (pdf) in our RDEK meetings;

  • Elk Valley Official Community Plan
  • Cold Spring Creek Geotechnical Assessment
  • Agricultural Plan
  • Community Water Improvement Funding
  • Regional Sustainability Strategy
  • Kootenay Booth
  • Discretionary Grants In Aid
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Proposed Windermere Water Upgrade Cost Comparison

During the Proposed Windermere Water Upgrade Public Information Meeting on May 17, 2011, three questions that were brought up by several attendees included;

  • the cost comparison between a Stand Alone Community Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and the purchase of bulk treated water
  • how the proposed user fees being presented compared to other systems
  • what happens if the community votes no to the bulk treated water option on June 25th

The answers to these questions are detailed in this information package.

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RDEK – Board Highlights – May 2011

Read about what is happening in our RDEK meetings;

  • Dry Gulch Community Funding
  • Development Application Fees
  • Transit Service News
  • Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw Amendments
  • Elkford Transfer Station
  • Area A Garbage Costs
  • Community to Community Forum
  • Jaffray Speed Limit
  • Wilmer Water Study
  • Boulder Creek Project Funding
  • BC SPCA Grant
  • Discretionary Grants in Aid

RDEK – Board Highlights – March 2011

Read about what is happening in our RDEK meetings;

  • 5-year Financial Plan
  • Windermere Water System Upgrade
  • Recreation Service Review
  • Provincial Exemption Pilot Project
  • OCP Bylaw Amendments
  • Cranbrook Library Board
  • Discretionary Grants in Aid
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Windermere Water System Information Meeting, May 17,2011

May 17,2011 7:00 p.m. – Windermere Community Hall
A Water Quality Advisory has been in place for the Windermere Water System since 2006. Windermere Lake serves as the source for the water system, so there is a risk of waterborne diseases caused by cryptosporidium and giardia parasites which can exist in surface water. The Windermere Water System does not comply with the Interior Health Authority’s 4-3-2-1-0 treatment objectives which requires removal/inactivation of parasites, two treatment barriers and maintaining turbidity less than 1 NTU. There is a health risk associated with non-compliance.
The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has looked at options to upgrade the Windermere Water System to address the turbidity issues and other health risks, and remove the Water Quality Advisory.
Bulk Treated Water Option
After reviewing the options, the solution being proposed would supply treated water to the community of
Windermere by purchasing bulk treated water from a private water supplier, Parr Utilities Ltd (also known as
Windermere Water and Sewer Company). The RDEK would continue to own and operate the Windermere
Distribution System.The RDEK has secured grant funding of up to $2.15 million dollars to help fund this option.
The Community Will Decide
The community will decide. Following the recommendation of the Utility Advisory Commission, the RDEK Board has decided to hold a vote on the bulk treated water option. Voting day is Saturday, June 25, 2011
Public Meeting Set for May
A Public Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 17 at 7pm at the Windermere Community Hall. Representatives from the RDEK, Interior Health and MMM Group will be on hand to answer questions. An Information Package will be mailed out to all property owners in early May and will be available on the web prior to the Public Meeting.

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Timber Ridge Water Upgrade Complete

December 16, 2010 Invermere, British Columbia – Invermere, British Columbia – For the first time since 2006, the Water Quality Advisory for the community of Timber Ridge has been lifted thanks to the completion of a $1.45 million upgrade to the community’s water system.

“Across the province, the Government of Canada is investing in infrastructure projects that promote healthy, safe, and liveable communities,” said Kootenay-Columbia MP Jim Abbott. “This investment demonstrates our commitment to protecting our water sources and ensuring that Canadians have access to clean, reliable drinking water.”

The Regional District of East Kootenay has received more than $2 million in combined federal and provincial funding through the Building Canada Fund for water supply and water meter improvements. Of that amount, $353,867 has been allocated to the Timber Ridge project, which also received $143,167 from the Gas Tax Fund. The work included a retrofit of the existing water distribution system to receive bulk treated water from a private utility and the implementation of water meters on all connections.

“We are grateful for the funding we received on this project, all of which helped make this upgrade more affordable for the community,” says RDEK Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth. “We also are thankful for the work of the Timber Ridge Utility Advisory Commission, who have been involved every step of the way.” The Advisory Commission is made up of a group of local residents who provide recommendations to the Board on the operation and maintenance of the Timber Ridge Water System.

“By working together, partners have solved a long-standing water issue in an innovative way,” said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “This sounds like a practical use of both Building Canada and Gas Tax funds, with the entire community benefiting by tapping into water from a local provider.”

A Water Quality Advisory has been in place within the Timber Ridge Water System since 2006 to meet Interior Health’s requirements for turbidity (cloudiness) reporting. This week, the RDEK was able to remove the Advisory signs that have been posted at community entrances for over four years.

The Gas Tax Fund is a tripartite agreement between Canada, British Columbia and the Union of BC Municipalities delivering infrastructure funding to local governments primarily for capital projects that lead to cleaner air, cleaner water or reduced greenhouse gas emissions. UBCM administers the Gas Tax Fund in B.C. in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

“Increasing water standards have required expensive capital improvements in many BC communities,” said UBCM President Barbara Steele. “Programs like the Gas Tax Fund and Building Canada Fund are providing valued federal and provincial support to offset local costs for system upgrades.”

The Building Canada Fund – Communities Component – is a federal and provincial infrastructure grant program that provides local governments with up to two-thirds of total eligible costs to build local public infrastructure. There are 133 projects totaling more than $568 million in combined federal, provincial and local government dollars that have been funded through this program.

For further information on the Government of Canada’s infrastructure investments in British Columbia, visit http://www.creatingjobs.gc.ca. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit http://www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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RDEK – Board Highlights – October 8,2010

Read about what is happening in our RDEK meetings;

  • 20 Year Service Award
  • Fernie Transfer Station
  • Rockyview OCP
  • Wycliffe Zoning Bylaw
  • Elko Fire Protection
  • Elk Valley ALR Block
  • Ranches at Elk Park Water System
  • Sweetwater Rezoning
  • Sweetwater Refuse Bins
  • Central Rural Hauling Contract
  • West Fernie Waterworks District
  • Community Wildfire Protection
  • RDEK on CBT Board
  • Discretionary Grants In Aid
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