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City seeks support money for water conservation projects

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 | 6:22 pm

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Kelowna city council will have water on the brain Monday considering recommendation by staff to endorse four grant applications to the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

The projects are;

• Source water protection for City of Kelowna water supply

• Mill Creek restoration plan

• Grey water recycling plan

• Landscape and irrigation pilot assessment

The grants are given for water conservation and quality improvement projects to assist local government in the sustainable use of water.

The source water protection plan is required by the city under its water utility operation certificate. The source is Okanagan Lake.

The Mill Creek restoration plan seeks to compile a number of previous plans and studies into something coherent for the urban waterway.

The grey water recycling plan taps into a growing trend to the reuse of high quality, treated grey water.

The landscape and irrigation pilot is looking for ways to achieve a 15 per cent water reduction target, and has identified centrally controlled, weather based timers as the best solution.

Staff has also asked for a letter of support for an application for a valley-wide Canada Goose Egg Addling program.

The recommendation will be considered by city council at Monday’s public council meeting beginning at 1 p.m. in chambers at Kelowna City Hall.

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