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District of West Kelowna Council adopted the West Kelowna Water Utility Master Plan at the October 28, 2014 Council meeting:

 Council accepted the first five years of the recommendations subject to annual budget review. The Plan is a comprehensive guide to West Kelowna's water utility with a planning horizon until 2032 and serves as a roadmap for infrastructure development of the water system. The plan includes a recommendation for an overall water fee rate structure analysis to be conducted in 2015. Major improvement items that are recommended in the plan are:

  • Rose Valley Water Treatment Plan - $48,282,373
    • This project would provide treated water for the Lakeview, West Kelowna Estates, Sunnyside and Pritchard Water Service Areas.
  • Transmission Mains - $3,000,000
    • These projects interconnect the utilities and provide treated water meeting Provincial Guidelines from the future treatment plant.
  • Storage Deficiencies - $25,000,000
    • These projects would provide additional water storage in the various water service areas to improve fire flow durations.
  • Distribution Deficiencies - $3,000,000
    • These projects would increase the available water flow during fire flow and peak hour demand scenarios.


    The District of West Kelowna will advertise this opportunity through the local newspaper, provide information to local media, and post notices on its website, prior to the open house being held.

    Residents may choose to sign up for eNotifications to receive an informational email prior to the open house being held.


    The Water Master Plan Steering Committee has concluded its consultation with the community and stakeholders:

    In summary, the committee is recommending:

    • Options in priority order are 2, 4 and 6.
    • Update Water Master Plan in 5 years and re-confirm water treatment alternatives.
    • Begin implementation in 2014.
    • Option selection should not adversely impact agriculture.

    Council is expected to make a decision on the water system investment plan in early 2014.

    The Water Master Plan Steering Committee met several times to discuss options to meet the municipality’s current and future water infrastructure needs.

    The committee presented the options to the public from September 26 to October 18:

    • Through an online survey from October 7 to 18, 2013; and,
    • Through two open houses:

    Thanks to all who participated.

    At the April 23, 2013 meeting, Council directed staff to undertake the Water Utility Master Plan Public Outreach Program.

    Terms of Reference for the process were presented to Council for consideration at the May 14, 2013 meeting.

    The aim of the public consultation process was to educate the public on water quality, supply and distribution and associated costs and revenue requirements and to capture feedback to shape the final Water Utility Master Plan.

    The consultation plan included:

    • Appointment of a steering committee;
    • Information packages;
    • Presentations to special interest groups;
    • Public open houses;
    • Outreach feedback forms/surveys; and,
    • A report to Council on outcomes.


    Council adopted a Water Conservation Plan on January 22, 2013. The plan, and the strategies and targets contained within, will be integrated into the Water Utility Master Plan.

    To view the Water Conservation Plan, please click here.

    A draft Water Utility Master Plan has been created and will be presented to the public and stakeholders for feedback purposes. Following the consultation process, a final draft will be created and presented to Council for consideration of adoption.

    The following District of West Kelowna water systems are being integrated in the Water Utility Master Plan:


    Development of a Water Utility Master Plan is a key objective in Council's Strategic Priorities. The plan will establish guiding principles for an integrated water utility structure to serve current and future needs.

    The plan will provide a 20-year implementation strategy that will support:

    • One water system;
    • One quality of water; and,
    • One rate system.

    The District of West Kelowna has hired AECOM to assist staff in completing the plan.


    The intent of the study work is to develop a comprehensive Water Utility Master Plan that will ultimately guide the operation, maintenance, upgrading and expansion of several different water utilities under one operating authority - the District of West Kelowna.

    This plan must establish the existing infrastructure assets of each utility, assess the condition of these assets, and identify any deficiencies that affect the immediate and long-term function of these assets. The data gathered through these processes will be utilized to establish common maintenance/operating practices, future capital improvements, and assist with updating strategic priorities related to water utility infrastructure planning.


    For more information on the Water Utility Master Plan, please contact Project Engineer Rob Hillis at 778-797-2247 or email

    Last updated: 11/17/2014 3:48:09 PM