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West Bench metered water rates

A study of potential approaches to metered water pricing was provided at the September 15th RDOS Environment and Infrastructure Committee meeting.  I extracted pages from my own marked-up copy of the board report:

West Bench water rate structure review

The consultant recommends a 30% variable + 70% fixed rate with a farm rate.  Public information sessions will be held on this issue in early November.  Standby for more information.

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February 2016 Faulder Water Update

Just a follow-up to the February 2nd, 2016, meeting in the old Summerland library:  I have attached the two relevant pages for the 2016 Budget.  The first is the operating budget for the water utility.  It shows the revenues for the system, including the parcel tax ($136,390/79 = ~$1,726 per household).  The second is the "capital projects" budget, which is meant to be temporary (lasting for the duration of the capital project).  The capital budget shows the large amounts in (debt proceeds and grants) and the large amounts out (capital spending).  The "steady state" revenue and expenses are shown in the operating budget.

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Just use the water meters already!

There was an article in The Herald recently about the RDOS's failure to use the West Bench's newly installed water meters for billing.  Fair enough, but please appreciate that the goal here is not to drag our heels but rather save some people unnecessary anxiety.

As readers of this blog might know, I have been taking a look at the water meter data as it becomes available every month (e.g., see this posting from August 2015).  The issue we have is huge variability in recorded water usage among some residential properties.  This variance could be caused by:

  1. Extreme water use (customer's fault)
  2. Leaks (RDOS's fault/problem)
  3. Meter reading errors (RDOS's fault/problem)

 

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Blasting for West Bench reservoir

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.

Liisa Bloomfield, P.Eng. ● Engineer/Engineering Supervisor
p. 250.490.4229 ● tf. 1.877.610.3737 ● f. 250.492.0063
www.rdos.bc.ca ● Lbloomfield@rdos.bc.ca

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West Bench reservoir expansion

As noted in the heads-up here, the RDOS is moving forward with a reservoir expansion for the West Bench.  The board report authorizing expenditure is below (it was walked into the November 5th meeting):

Award of reservoir design and build contract

Recall this is project is being funded from money already collected (grants + borrowing).  So over all it is a nice windfall: the West Bench is getting new infrastructure it needs for a price it has already paid.  The only risk, as noted previously, is sight lines from the Westwood Properties neighborhood.

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Penticton fails to meet 30% water reduction targets

City residents have failed to voluntarily curb their water consumption by 30 per cent this summer, but mandatory restrictions appear unlikely at this point.

As of Monday, domestic users in Penticton had trimmed their consumption by 17 per cent compared to a 15-day benchmark period in early July. That’s up from 11 per cent on Aug. 3.

“So we’re moving in the right direction, which is what we wanted to do,” said Mitch Moroziuk, the city’s operations director.

Preliminary water meter data as of August 2015

Notwithstanding the parent post, a number of residents have asked me about using our water meter data.  Although we are collecting the data there are two issues:

  1. We still do not have the full year
  2. We are still debugging some of the meters (software errors, leaks, and so on).

 

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What does the West Bench reservoir look like from your house?

Attention Westwood Properties residents: Please do the following if you can see the West Bench reservoir:

  1. stand on your deck
  2. take a picture of the reservoir as you see it
  3. email the picture to me at mbrydon@rdos.bc.ca.

 

Why? We want to know how an expansion of the reservoir might impact your view.

Here is the reservoir from my deck.  I can see it, but it does not dominate the scene.  We want to know what you see so we are asking you to show us.

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