West Bench, Faulder, Okanagan Lake West
1. The Sage Mesa water system is a privately-owned utility. The RDOS thus has no control over the issues that lead to boil water advisories. This may change, however (see page).
2. The one-hectare rule (see page) applies to new subdivisions. Thus, existing parcels of land that already have the right to a septic field will continue to have that right. The underlying message, however, is that the province does not think a septic field on less than an hectare of land is a good idea.
3. Sewer for the greater West Bench is a priority if we are willing to pay for it. Some rough numbers per household can be found here. The baseline number is about $4,000 per household per year just to get sewer to your lot line. This goes down with (a) grants (never a sure thing) and (b) increased density. The question of density is being addressed in the Area F OCP review.
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