Combined effort brought water deal

As I have said in the past, the wheels of government often turn slowly, however they do continue to turn. Most recently an agreement was signed between the RDOS and the District of Summerland to extend domestic water service to the community of Faulder. It was not a huge announcement, but it is most certainly a very significant and important one. If you have been following this issue, you may recall that the community of Faulder has had a number of water challenges over the past few years. Uranium in the groundwater supply necessitated the need to potentially drill a new well.

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.”


What if we are not part of the Faulder water system (but might want to be)?

The RDOS supplies water to approximately 80 residences in Faulder through a formal service agreement. Residents within a well-defined service area (see map) agreed in 1993 to “hire” the RDOS to operate a well and provide water. In return, residents in the service area pay for all of the cost of the water system through their property taxes. These costs include capital debt repayment, operational costs, and an overhead charge by the RDOS. There are numerous residents along Princeton-Summerland Road and north of the service area who are “Faulder residents” but who are not part of the Faulder water system. These residents draw water from their own sources and, as a result, are not taxed by the RDOS for water provision. The logic behind a service area is that those who benefit from the service are taxed for its provision while those who do not benefit are not taxed.


April 2010 Faulder Newsletter


A newsletter regarding the Faulder water system was mailed to all residents of Faulder just after Easter.  You can view an electronic copy by clicking on the picture on the left.

The newsletter is in preparation for the Faulder Community Meeting:
Monday, April 12, 2010
7p.m. - 9 p.m.
Summerland Library

See also the Faulder water pages on this site and  the main RDOS website.


Targa Bambina in Faulder

As you may have heard, a proposal is currently floating around to hold a Targa Bambina race in and around Faulder on the May long weekend. Please see this announcement.  As fun as this event sounds, it will not be fun for those along Fish Lake Road who will lose access to their property during a long weekend.

Update 23 Mar 10: From Targa Bambina:

At this time, we have formally withdrawn both our approved road closure application and our pending road closure application with the District of Summerland and the pending application with the Ministry of Transportation for the Faulder Area.


Faulder-Summerland deal: January 2010 update

Just a quick update regarding the Faulder water project.  I have been hearing that some private well owners in and around Faulder have been experiencing extraordinarily low water levels.  This bad news gives us a new sense of urgency to move forward with a solution.  It also gives us some confidence in the decision we made last year to seek other sources of water for Faulder.  As you may know, we received grants at the start of 2009 to acquire a deeper well and treat the water to remove uranium.  However, based on some concerns about the aquifer’s long-term viability, we are currently working on an alternative solution with Summerland to buy treated water from their water treatment plant and pipe it to Faulder (Nov 2009 presentation to Summerland Council).  Although this is far from a done deal, we are making steady progress with Summerland council and staff.


Agur Lake project gets economic boost

By Steve Kidd - Penticton Western News Published: March 19, 2009

MLAs Bill Barisoff and Rick Thorpe congratulate Amanda Lewis, a director with the Agur Lake Camp Society, after they presented the group with a cheque for $100,000 to continue the work of building the respite camp for people with special needs.

The Agur Lake Camp Society is one step farther along in their quest to create a camp for people with disabilities and special needs in the wilderness near Summerland.

At a special get together Thursday, the society unveiled plans for the buildings, including a lodge and cabins that will eventually be constructed on the property, with designs created by Coast Architectural Group.

As a bonus, they also got to announce a further $100,000 donation from the provincial government in the form of a community gaming grant, delivered by area MLAs Rick Thorpe and Bill Barisoff. The funds will help construct a lodge, cabins, trails and playgrounds.


Faulder taxpayers get another break

By Jeff Lawrence - Penticton Western News March 19, 2009

Government money keeps on pouring into the South Okanagan for new infrastructure projects, and the small community of Faulder is once again benefitting from the cash.

B.C.'s Towns For Tomorrow program will send $653,000 to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen for projects including the Faulder Water Well project.

"Because of this generous donation, the cost of this project will decrease for Faulder residents," said Penticton mayor and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen chair Dan Ashton.

The small community west of Summerland received good news two weeks ago, when it was announced it would receive $610,000 in funding from the provincial and federal governments to build a new water treatment facility. Faulder's water was receiving attention due to trace elements of uranium found that were in excess of government standards.



The Faulder Community water system was constructed in 1993 by the RDOS to service approximately 80 households.  The system consists of a well, pump, balancing reservior, and distribution system. It draws water from the Meadow Valley aquifer, as do several other private wells in the area.