The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is applying for funding for water system upgrades. (Kim Sievers - Wikimedia Commons photo)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is applying for funding for water system upgrades. (Kim Sievers - Wikimedia Commons photo)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkmaeen applies for grants for water upgrades

Project funding sought for Naramata and Sun Valley water systems

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is applying for funding for water system upgrades.

At the regional district board meeting on Oct. 15, the board voted to apply to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program — Rural and Northern Communities for funding.

The projects, in priority order, are Naramata water system infrastructure upgrades and Sun Valley water treatment and generator upgrade work.

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The Naramata water system upgrade includes a water main replacement and reservoir upgrades.

Preliminary design work is underway for completing the grant application.

The Sun Vally project includes a treatment system for iron and manganese and the addition of a backup generator.

Since the area served by both water systems is less than 5,000 people, the regional district may apply for up to 10 per cent of eligible expenses.

Ineligible costs include staff wages or benefits or legal work related to right-of-way acquisition.

For the Sun Valley project, the ineligible costs would be between $8,000 and $10,000 for waters. For the Naramata project, wages are estimated at $20,000 to $25,000.

The deadline for the application is Oct. 22.

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