Water agreement signed (Faulder)

By John Arendt - Summerland Review Published: July 28, 2010 (link to story)

The municipality and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen have signed a memorandum of understanding for the provision of water for the Faulder area. The agreement puts the 80 residential properties in Faulder under the Summerland water system.

Faulder residents will be required to install water meters similar to those recently installed in Summerland homes and will be billed for their water use.

“This agreement is based on the principle of being a good neighbour,” said Coun. Gordon Clark.

Mayor Janice Perrino said Faulder residents need the agreement in order to provide them with a supply of clean water.

“Faulder residents have been in a crisis for quite a number of months,” she said. “This is a very minimal amount of water.”

Coun. Ken Roberge said efforts were made by both the municipality and the regional district to come up with a fair agreement.

He added that the water for Faulder is a small amount of Summerland’s total water supply.

“We’re really talking about something in the order of 0.4 per cent of a percent of our total water availability,” he said.

Coun. Bruce Hallquist added that the Faulder water is domestic water only.

Under the terms of the agreement, the regional district will pay the municipality $320,000 to allow the regional district to connect up to 80 Faulder homes to the Summerland water system.

The municipality may only use this buy-in fee for capital expenditures in order to create additional treated water capacity.

The fee is payment in full for the Faulder properties

Under the agreement, the municipality will own, operate, repair, maintain and replace the water system for Faulder.

The user fees and the level of service to Faulder must be the same as the amount charged to Summerland residents.

Any future development in Faulder requiring a connection to the water system will also need approval from the municipality.

A capital reserve fund for the Faulder water system will be created with the regional district making an annual payment of $6,400 to the reserve.

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