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Water Treatment Plant
Peachland Water Treatment Plant
Peachland's Water Treatment Plant, located at the Peachland Creek water intake site, high in the hills off Princeton Avenue, was commissioned in April 2021. Construction began in January 2019 but the project was long in the making and would not have been possible without the forethought of previous and existing Council members, as well as financial support from the Provincial and Federal Governments. The Government of Canada contributed $3,480,000 through the Small Communities Fund and the Province of British Columbia contributed $3,480,000 to the project.
Key Facts About Our Water Treatment Plant
- The Peachland Water Treatment Plant provides year-round, safe, clean drinking water for Peachland residents. The plant has a filtration component, eliminating water cloudiness, and disinfects water using both chlorine and ultra-violet (UV), both safe and highly efficient methods. As a result, regular annual boil water advisories are no longer be necessary.
- The plant replaced the previous, inefficient water distribution system involving three different systems, acquired by the District of Peachland in the 1980s, all of which were originally built to service the tree fruit industry, not a growing District. Now, one plant supplies clean water to Peachland residents from a single water source; Peachland Lake.
- The new Water Treatment Plant has been designed to service the planned future growth areas of Ponderosa-Pincushion and New Monaco. The new system will also ensure existing and future neighbourhoods experience adequate water pressure and fire flows.
How Does the Water Treatment Plant Work?
Step 1: Water is drawn from one water source; Peachland Lake.
Step 2: Water is transmitted to the Water Treatment Plant site.
Step 3: Via low lift pumps, lake water undergoes flocculation, clarification, filtration, and UV and chlorine disinfection.
Step 4: The clean, treated water is transported to an on-site reservoir where it is stored.
Step 5: Clean water is distributed to Peachland residents.
View Health Canada's Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines
- Checks are done daily
- Water is sent to Lab for evaluation weekly
- Interior Health monitors via weekly lab results and monthly reports.
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Chlorine is in irrigation water. When a water leak occurs, the Water Department can test for chlorine and that indicates it is a Peachland line rather than groundwater.
Irrigation systems are allowed 6 GPM. Any brand of check valve is suitable for use. Must be a dual valve. All irrigation water is metered effective 2008. All irrigation meters must have a backflow preventer installed.