A Director with the RDEK is happy to see the purchase of a water treatment plant in Windermere finalized after many years of work.
The Regional District of East Kootenay celebrated its purchase of Parr Utilities in the Columbia Valley earlier this week.
Area F director Wendy Booth says this means Windermere and properties on the east side of the lake will be tied in to the same water system.
“For the community of Windermere in the townsite there are about 600 different connections, what’s going to change for them is they’re going to get properly treated drinking water. That’s not going to change until the spring, there is some infrastructure upgrades that need to be done and pipes in the ground within the townsite.”
She says the project had to clear a number of obstacles and was made possible after a successful referendum last October and being approved for a $6 million grant.
“Last October we had a positive referendum, and that was really the big milestone to have the community consent to purchasing this. Without the community consent it would not have happened. In late winter when we got word that we had the $6 million grant was really just icing on the cake to get this project completed.”
The sale was completed last weekend.
– Wendy Booth – RDEK Area F Director