Friday, 9 September 2011

Quail Ridge Water - Update on the new GEID Okanagan Lake Intake and Pump Station.

Hi All,

The news is clean water is coming!!

Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District sent out their Fall Newsletter recently. I read that they now appear to be making progress with the construction on the intake and wet wells for the Okanagan Lake pump station.

Having received a Fisheries Act Authorization on May 24, 2011, Hayter Construction Ltd began work on the site in early June, and as of mid August had completed the majority of blasting and access construction work.

Multiple barriers were installed to prevent sediment release into the lake, including silt fences and two silt curtains in the lake. These  provide primary and secondary containment for works below the high water mark.The work window for construction in the Lake ends on September 30th, 2011.

This has been the most technically challenging part of the work and GEID will be drawing down McKinley Reservoir during the fall to allow for the completion of the outlet structure construction which is expected by March 2012.

With the supply of Okanagan Lake water to GEID’s McKinley Reservoir, residents in the Glenmore Valley should expect to see less colour and turbidity in their drinking water. It is then planned that GEID will monitor water quality for up to a year to obtain design information for ultraviolet disinfection, which is the next step to meeting Interior Health guidelines.

It will take until the summer of 2013 to replace the majority of the Mill Creek water in McKinley Reservoir, and I am sure we all can't wait!

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707

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