NOWRP Community Update – December 2021

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Why North Okanagan Wastewater Recovery Matters

“It shows how much we can achieve working together toward
a common vision to protect water quality, support agriculture and enhance economic opportunities.”

Electoral Area B Director, Bob Fleming
Regional District of North Okanagan

“This project will help create the future we envision – one that balances environmental protection with economic opportunities.”

Chief Byron Louis
Okanagan Indian Band

“It’s an exceptional collaboration between a Regional District, First Nation Community and a municipality.”

Electoral Area C Director, Amanda Shatzko
Regional District of North Okanagan

“The highly treated wastewater will provide much-needed
irrigation water to farms throughout the growing season – especially in the hot, dry summers.”

Mayor Christine Fraser
Township of Spallumcheen

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

The October 2021 Update introduced the IPD model. The interdisciplinary team comprised of engineers, biologists, project managers, communications and governance specialists, the contractor (Bird-Dawson Joint Venture) and the owner group (the RDNO, Township of Spallumcheen and Okanagan Indian Band), is now over half-way through the intensive IPD Validation Phase. The IPD process will be here for the lifespan of the project and will ensure the project is delivered in the most cost-effective way possible, yet still stays true to the foundational elements of the project – protecting our environment and enhancing our economy.

Large-scale infrastructure projects, particularly those delivered in partnership, are incredibly complex to deliver. Imagine the planning and
logistics around bringing wastewater from every household and business within the proposed Phase 1 service area, travelling between 1 –
5km north to the treatment facility just north of Swan Lake. This, coupled with elements outside of our control such as supply chain challenges imparted by the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters that many B.C. communities have been impacted by, has kept the project team working full force to bring sewer to the North Okanagan.

How Does This Project Impact Me?

Proposed Phase 1 Property Owners

If you are located within the proposed Phase 1 of the project, more information will likely be required from you to inform the design of the wastewater system. In some cases, this may involve right of ways.
Property owners will be contacted individually in the coming months if more information is needed. The project team thanks you in advance for your cooperation and support for the project.


This is a large-scale construction project that intersects many public and private properties. Minor disruptions to the travelling public are anticipated, however, the project team is developing a well-designed Traffic Management Plan with clear communications intended to minimize disruptions to the travelling public.

Phase 1 Property Owner Outreach

In the coming months, if you own property within the proposed Phase 1 Service Area, you will be contacted by a member of the project team by letter or phone. Topics of discussion may include:

  • How you would like the service to connect to your property
  • Permission to access the property to initiate works
  • Right-of-Ways

What’s Next?

Our design will be complete Spring 2022 with construction commencing shortly after.

Here’s what’s next:

  • Connecting with property owners within Phase 1 to understand property requirements for connecting to sewer
  • Finalize our detailed design