The Government of British Columbia will provide the City of Kelowna with an additional $12 million to support the completion of its Drinking Water Integration Project.
This is in addition to the existing funding provided by the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, a partnership between the provincial and federal governments.
The incremental funding, which will allow this project to proceed within its current schedule, was needed due to extraordinary circumstances, including unforeseen and unavoidable project costs.
This funding is specifically for the KLO transmission main component — a critical part of the broader Kelowna Drinking Water Integration Project.
Providing this funding allows the project to proceed to full procurement of all project elements, meeting senior government funding commitment parameters and avoiding delays, which would see affected communities continue to be at risk due to outdated water systems.
This project is part of the city’s plan for an integrated water system, to ensure residents have access to safe, reliable and cost-effective water.