Thompson-Nicola Regional District is moving ahead to improve Vavenby’s water system, according to a report from Carol Schaffer, TNRD director for Wells Gray Country.
“On Aug. 20, the TNRD board moved a recommendation that staff be authorized to submit Local Government Infrastructure Planning Grant Program applications for two projects, Vavenby Community Water System Infrastructure Condition Assessment being one,” she said.
This program will fund plans or studies related to improving water and other environmental infrastructure. The program will fund 100 per cent of the first $5,000 and 50 per cent of the next $10,000, to a maximum of $10,000 in funding. The TNRD would be responsible for funding the remainder.
Schaffer noted that since assuming ownership of Vavenby’s water system, the TNRD has completed emergent improvements to bring the water system up to a minimum functional level. Required now are professional services to complete an entire system assessment. This will assist in moving towards best management practices related to completed systematic improvements designed to meet Canadian Drinking Water Quality guidelines and IHA regulation standards.
“If the grant is approved we will then have a starting point for improvements to the Vavenby water system, which is long overdue,” the Wells Gray Country director said.
Time to conserve water
Schaffer added that the B.C. government has issued a maximum drought rating of Level 4 and the TNRD is requesting that all citizens of the regional district voluntarily reduce water consumption.
“Let’s all do our part,” Schaffer said.