A Rural Director with the Regional District says Windermere residents have made it clear, they want quality water.
Preliminary numbers show electors convincingly voted in favour of the RDEK borrowing $7 million to purchase and upgrade a local water treatment plant.
A parallel referendum also approved expanding the service to residents east of the lake.
Area F’s Wendy Booth says this has been in the works for years and she’s happy it’s moving forward.
“They have been under a water quality advisory since 2006, so once all the work is done, those signs will come down and the community of Windermere will have compliant drinking water that meets Interior Health water quality objectives,” Booth says.
Booth says it was a clear decision.
“We’ve had the best deal for the community put forward and as a result of asking the right question on the referendum, the community supported it. Its a great day for the community and a great day for the east side of the lake,” Booth says.
The $7 million will be paid back over 25 years or less.
The first ballot asked all electors if they approve of the seven million in borrowing to be paid back over 25 years or less.
Preliminary results show 117 “yes” votes and 34 “no”.
The second ballot asked residents in the proposed East Side if they supported the service being expanded to their area.
162 said “yes” and 36 said “no.”
– RDEK Director for Area “F,” Wendy Booth