Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes

Governments partner on Mara water treatment plant

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a ceremonial ground-breaking was held at the Dabell Street site of Sicamous’ future water treatment plant

Ground has been broken, though work is well underway.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a ceremonial ground-breaking was held at the Dabell Street site of Sicamous’ future water treatment plant. Participating in the event were Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes, Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo and Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz – representing the three funding partners behind the $7.9 million project.

Each of the government representatives took the opportunity to speak to the project, reflecting on its importance as well as the importance of the partnership that’s making the project happen.

“This has been a long time coming for the residents of Sicamous and we are excited to finally be moving forward with this project. With the help of the federal and provincial governments and residents of Sicamous, we are now able to anticipate the completion of the water treatment plant in the fall of 2015,” states Rysz in a Dec. 17 news release.

The same release states work has paused for the winter and will resume in the spring. However, in speaking with the Market News after the event, Rysz noted work on the project has, in fact, been long underway.

“They’re already fully into this project now and so far, it’s going on time and it’s on budget and it’s coming along quite well,” said Rysz.

Upgrading of Sicamous’ water treatment ability was necessitated by the 2012 debris flows at Sicamous and Hummingbird creeks, and the subsequent flooding from Shuswap and Mara lakes. The new facility will include a state-of-the-art three-filter membrane filtration system, complete with backup electrical generation, a second-stage recovery system and solids accumulation pond for the collection of waste byproduct.

“Once complete, the upgraded facility will help protect the quality of the region’s water supply and alleviate pressure caused by two significant floods, thus assuring continued access to safe, clean drinking water for residents,” states the release.

Rysz says the project is expected to be complete and operational by early fall 2015.

“I think this community is going to be very excited once it’s done,” said Rysz.

 

Just Posted

Reel Reviews: Evil bloodlines and jewelry heists

We say, “Hereditary is refreshingly scary, Ocean’s 8 is familiarly okay.

Police say Salmon Arm youth who posted about shooting students no longer a threat

Group which alerted RCMP to tweets says it issued a Code Red, highest level of alert

Salmon Arm Secondary recognizes athletes at annual gala

Coaches and instructors present athlete of the year awards

30 degrees and warmer forecasted with heat wave in B.C.

The weather could stay well into next week, according to Environment Canada

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Fathers’ Day in the sun

Discovery House event draws a crowd to Penticton’s Skaha Lake Park

Book Talk: Okanagan beach reads

A cool, shady spot on the beach is a fine place to lose yourself in a book

Penticton Pistoleras seize second undefeated season

Penticton’s Pistoleras roller derby team wrapped up the season undefeated, thanks to… Continue reading

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Former Penticton Vee recovering in hospital

Pittsburgh Penguin prospect expected to make full recovery

UPDATE: RCMP investigating overnight incident on Lakeshore Road

Evidence markers noting blood stains on road

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

Most Read