Note from RDOS staff regarding the West Bench reservoir:
We wanted to let people know about some small blasts we are going to be executing today and possibly over the next several days in the West Bench & Sage Mesa area, west of Penticton. We are installing a new reservoir and have encountered rock that we need to blast out. The charges are expected to be relatively small but some people may get worried and call wondering what it is.
The blasting should be finished in a couple days depending on if more is found as the excavation continues.
Please don’t hesitate to provide people with my contact info if they have questions.
This might be new for some residents. We don't see much blasting on the West Bench (compared to, say, Heritage Hills on the east side, where blasting is routine). Some blasting has occurred in my neighborhood (Westwood Properties) for a swimming pool a few years ago. I do not recall any reports of collateral damage or complaints.
Update 30 November:
Blasting continues as the contractor makes way for the new reservoir. See photo gallery below.