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Media Release: Peachland Water Treatment Plant Up and Running
What is Happening?
A new Water Treatment Plant is currently being constructed in Peachland. The need for various water infrastructure improvements, including a Water Treatment Plant, was identified in 2007. Construction began in January 2019 and the project is expected to be up and running by early 2021.
When complete, the new Water Treatment Plant will provide Peachland residents with safe, reliable, filtered drinking water year-round and the regular annual boil water advisories will be a thing of the past.To view recent images of the water treatment plant, Click Here.
What Are the Goals of the Water Treatment Plant Project?
The new Peachland Water Treatment Plant will solve three issues facing Peachland residents:Improve water quality
The Peachland Water Treatment Plant will provide year-round, safe, clean drinking water for Peachland residents. The new plant will have a filtration component, eliminating water cloudiness. The new plant will also disinfect water using both chlorine and ultra-violet (UV), both safe and highly efficient methods. As a result, regular annual boil water advisories will no longer be necessary.Consolidate Peachlandís current water distribution system
Peachlandís current water distribution system is inefficient. The District of Peachland acquired three systems in the 1980s, all of which were originally built to service the tree fruit industry, not a growing District. Instead of three systems, the new Water Treatment Plant will be efficient. It will supply clean water to Peachland residents from a single water source: Peachland Lake.Service the future growth of Peachland 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.
Where Is the New Water Treatment Plant?The new Water Treatment Plant will be located at the current Peachland Creek water intake site. This is high in the hills off of Princeton Avenue.
How Will the Water Treatment Plant Work?
Step 1: Water will be 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 will be transported to an on-site reservoir where it is stored.
Step 5: Clean water is distributed to Peachland residents.
Glossary of Water Treatment Terms
The Future of Drinkable Water in Peachland
Even with the new Water Treatment Plant up and running, it will take some time for the plant to deliver crystal-clear water to you in all seasons. Thatís because the current distribution system was constructed in the 1960s. Sediment has accumulated over the years and it will take some time to flush that out, both before and after the plant opens. There may be some variation in the colour of your treated water. However, once the Water Treatment Plant opens, your water will always meet federal and provincial safe drinking water guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Project
Why Does Peachland Need a New Water Treatment Plant?
Peachlandís current water distribution system is inefficient and doesnít adequately disinfect your water. Right now, water can still be cloudy and boil water advisories are still needed. With the new Water Treatment Plant, clean filtered water will be distributed to residents all year and regular boil water advisories will no longer be necessary.
The new plant will also update an outdated water distribution system. The District of Peachland currently uses three systems, supplying water to residents from either Trepanier Creek or Peachland Creek. The new system will supply filtered water efficiently from one source: Peachland Lake.
When will the New Water Treatment Plant be complete?The new project is expected to be up and running by November 2020.
Will I still have to boil my water in the spring?No! The improved system, with the added filtration component and disinfection using both chlorine and UV, you will have clean, safe water all year. The days of regular boil water advisories will be over.
Why is this project happening now?There are a few reasons. Peachland needs a Water Treatment Plant to meet the provisions of the provincial Drinking Water Treatment Objectives for Surface Water Supplies in BC. Also, the funding is here now, thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Small Communities Fund. The BC Government funded $3.48M and the Government of Canada also funded $3.48M.
Why canít our water come from Okanagan Lake?Most of Peachland is located on a hillside, right next to Okanagan Lake. Itís neither economically nor environmentally feasible to pump water uphill. To best serve all Peachland residents, water will flow downhill from Peachland Lake.
Important Documents and Useful Links
- Winter 2020 Water Treatment Plant Newsletter
- Fall 2019 Water Treatment Plant Newsletter
- July 2019 Water Treatment Plant Newsletter
- April 2019 Water Treatment Plant Newsletter
- August 2018 Water Treatment Plant Newsletter
- September 2017 Water Treatment Plant Newsletter
- July 2017 Water Treatment Plant Newsletter
- Media Release ó March 2017
Drinking Water Treatment Objectives For Surface Water Supplied in BC