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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
GREATER VERNON ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, April 3, 2014
8:00 am
REGULAR AGENDA
A.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
1. Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – April 3, 2014
(Opportunity for Introduction of Late Items)
(Opportunity for Introduction of Late Items – In Camera Agenda)
RECOMMENDATION 1
That the Agenda of the April 3, 2014 Greater Vernon Advisory Committee meeting
be approved as presented.
B.
ADOPTION OF MINUTES
1. Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – Regular Meeting – March 6, 2014
2. Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – Special Meeting – March 11, 2014
RECOMMENDATION 2
Page 1
That the Minutes of the following meetings be adopted as circulated:
− Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – Regular Meeting – March 6, 2014
− Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – Special Meeting – March 11, 2014
C.
DELEGATIONS
1. Vernon Pickleball Club (BURGESS, Cheri)
− Delegation Request Form
D.
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UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1. Peer Review of the Master Water Plan
− Postponed from the March 11, 2014 Greater Vernon Advisory Committee Special
Meeting to clarify scope options from Councillor Kiss
− Staff report dated February 14, 2014
RECOMMENDATION 3
Page 12
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, a Peer Review of the 2012
Greater Vernon Water Master Water Plan not be undertaken.
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
Agenda – Regular
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2. Independent Peer Review of the Master Water Plan 2012
− Postponed from the March 11, 2014 Greater Vernon Advisory Committee Special
Meeting to clarify scope options
− Email dated March 20, 2014 from Councillor Kiss
RECOMMENDATION 4
Page 15
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, an independent Peer Review of
the current Master Water Plan be conducted.
E.
NEW BUSINESS
1. Greater Vernon Cultural Plan Terms of Reference
− Letter dated March 12, 2014 from the Okanagan Science Centre
− Email dated March 5, 2014 from the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society
− Email dated March 5, 2014 from the Okanagan Science Centre
FOR DISCUSSION
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2. Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014
− Staff report dated March 24, 2014
RECOMMENDATION 6
Page 44
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors that Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 being
Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 which proposes to
replace the following bylaws upon adoption:
1. “Vernon Irrigation District Bylaw No. 305” and amendments thereto; and
2. “Regional District of North Okanagan Water Restrictions Bylaw No. 2248,
2010” and amendments thereto
Be given First Reading; and further,
That Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 be referred
for comments to various agencies and stakeholders prior to consideration of Second
Reading.
3. Regional District of North Okanagan Cross Connection Control Regulation
Bylaw No. 2651, 2014
− Staff report dated March 24, 2014
RECOMMENDATION 7
Page 65
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors that Bylaw No. 2651, 2014 being
Regional District of North Okanagan Cross Connection Control Regulation Bylaw No.
2651, 2014 which proposes to replace the following bylaws upon adoption:
1. "GVWU Cross Connection Control Bylaw No. 2106, 2005" and amendments
thereto;
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
Agenda – Regular
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April 3, 2014
Be given First Reading; and further,
That the Regional District of North Okanagan Cross Connection Control Regulation
Bylaw No. 2651, 2014 be referred for comments to various agencies and
stakeholders including the City of Vernon and District of Coldstream for review and
comment prior to consideration of Second Reading.
4. RDNO Farm Classification – Criteria for New Farms
− Staff report dated March 13, 2014
RECOMMENDATION 9
Page 77
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, the criteria for Regional District of
North Okanagan Farm Classification as outlined in the report dated March 13, 2014
to the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee re: RDNO Farm Classification – Criteria
for New Farms, be endorsed.
F.
BUSINESS ARISING FROM DELEGATIONS
G.
REPORTS
1. Administrator’s Report
2. Chair’s Report
H.
IN CAMERA
RECOMMENDATION 5
That, pursuant to Section 92 of the Community Charter, the regular meeting of the Board
of Directors convene In Camera to deal with matters deemed closed to the public in
accordance with Section 90(1)(e) of the Community Charter.
I.
ADJOURNMENT
GVAC - REGULAR AGENDA
April 3, 2014 / ITEM B.1
REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
MINUTES of a REGULAR meeting of the GREATER VERNON ADVISORY COMMITTEE of
the REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN held in the Boardroom at the Regional
District Office on Thursday, March 6, 2014
Members:
Councillor G. Kiss
Alternate Director B. Spiers
Director R. Sawatzky
Director C. Lord
Councillor M. Besso
Director B. Fleming
Director M. Macnabb
T. Osborn
District of Coldstream
(Vice Chair)
City of Vernon
City of Vernon
City of Vernon
District of Coldstream
Electoral Area "B"
Electoral Area "C"
Agricultural Representative
Staff:
T. Hall
Administrator
Corporate
Officer/Human
Resources
Manager
General Manager, Finance
General
Manager,
Electoral
Area
Administration
Manager – Greater Vernon Water
Community Development Coordinator
Parks Planner
Water Sustainability Coordinator
Executive Assistant Engineering (taking
minutes)
J. Byron
D. Sewell
L. Mellott
Z. Marcolin
T. Nelson
K. Pinkoski
E. Posluns
P. Juniper
Also Present: Director D. Dirk
Director R. Fairbairn
Media and Public
District of Coldstream
Electoral Area “D” (Board Vice-Chair)
CALL MEETING TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 8:04 a.m.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – February 6, 2014
Moved and seconded by Councillor Besso and Agricultural Representative Osborn
That Greater Vernon Advisory Committee members be provided the opportunity to speak to an
agenda item at the March 6, 2014 meeting of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee longer
than 15 minutes.
CARRIED
Moved and seconded by Councillor Besso and Director Lord
That the Agenda of the March 6, 2014 Greater Vernon Advisory Committee meeting be
approved as presented.
CARRIED
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ADOPTION OF MINUTES
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
Moved and seconded by Councillor Besso and Director Sawatzky
That the Minutes of the following meetings be adopted as circulated:
− Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – Regular Meeting – February 6, 2014
− Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – Special Meeting – February 13, 2014
− Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – Special Meeting – February 20, 2014
CARRIED
NEW BUSINESS
Water Allocation Purchase – 5907 Highway 6, Coldstream
Moved and seconded by Agricultural Representative Osborn and Councillor Besso
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, the purchase of 0.70 hectares of farm
irrigation water allocation for that property located at 5907 Highway 6, Coldstream and legally
described as Lot 3, Sections 25, Twp. 6, ODYD, Plan KAP20877 be authorized.
CARRIED
Parks Vehicles and Equipment
Moved and seconded by Directors Fleming and Lord
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, that from the machinery and equipment listed
in Schedule 6 the Regional District retain ownership of the following:
- Unit # 511 2009 Barber (600 HD Surf Rake) Beach Cleaner
- Unit # 548 2010 Kubota (M 8540) 4x4 Tractor
- Beach Cleaner 2010 (Walk Behind) and further;
That equipment and machinery not retained by the Regional District be offered to Vernon,
Coldstream, Electoral Areas “B” and “C” at the book value of each unit and further;
That selection will alternate between the partners and further;
That proceeds from the sale of equipment will be distributed to the partners in accordance with
the establishment bylaw.
CARRIED
Moved and seconded by Director Macnabb and Councillor Besso
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, staff be directed to advise the Greater
Vernon Advisory Committee on the definition of book value as used in the calculation of Parks
Vehicles and Equipment.
CARRIED
Development Plan Outline, 2014 Greater Vernon Sub-Regional Parks and Trails Land
Acquisition Strategy
Moved and seconded by Directors Fleming and Lord
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, the process for the development of the
Greater Vernon Sub-Regional Parks and Trails Land Acquisition Strategy be endorsed, and
further;
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That staff be directed to proceed with the plan as outlined in the report and bring back a draft for
review by the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee and the Regional Board as outlined in the
timeline, and further;
That the results and priorities outlined in the Sub-Regional Parks and Trails Land Acquisition
Strategy when approved by the Board, be implemented as part of the required background
information to amend and implement the Sub-Regional Parks DCC Bylaw.
CARRIED
Board of Directors Vice-Chair R. Fairbairn took the Chair for the Greater Vernon Advisory
Committee.
Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014
Moved and seconded by Agricultural Representative Osborn and Director Macnabb
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates
Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014 be given first, second and third readings; and further
That Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014 be adopted.
Moved by Alternate Director Spiers and Councillor Besso
That Schedule ‘A’ to Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014 as
presented at the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee meeting of March 6, 2014 be amended to
incorporate the following changes:
− Section 4.b.i – Domestic Fees Tier A (0 – 10 cubic metres) be amended to $0.50m3
− Section 4.b.ii – Domestic Fees Tier B (Over 10 – 20 cubic metres) be amended to
$1.05m3
CARRIED
Opposed: Director Macnabb
Moved by Directors Sawatzky and Macnabb
That Schedule ‘A’ to Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014 as
presented at the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee meeting of March 6, 2014 be amended to
incorporate the following changes:
− Section 6. Metering be amended to include installation and inspection on new
construction and inspection on retrofits completed during one site visit.
CARRIED
Moved by Alternate Director Spiers and Director Sawatzky
That Schedule ‘A’ to Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014 as
presented at the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee meeting of March 6, 2014 be amended as
follows:
− Section E.6 – 6325 Highway 6 be removed from the Non Domestic Non-Potable
Consumption Fee.
CARRIED
Opposed: Councillor Besso, Directors Lord and Spiers
Moved by Directors Fleming and Sawatzky
That Schedule ‘A’ to Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014 as
presented at the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee meeting of March 6, 2014 be amended as
follows:
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Section E – Rates – a new section be added for 6325 Highway 6 to provide a phase in to
Commercial rates within a 36 month period;
And further that the property located at 6325 Highway 6 be informed that their property will be
phased in to be billed equal to Non Domestic and Mixed Use Fees as follows:
2014
2015
2016
2017
50% of Non Domestic and Mixed Use Fee
66% of Non Domestic and Mixed Use Fee
83% of Non Domestic and Mixed Use Fee
100% of Non Domestic and Mixed Use Fee
CARRIED
Opposed: Director Lord
Moved and seconded by Directors Sawatzky and Macnabb
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates
Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014, as amended at the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
Meeting of March 6, 2014, be given first, second and third readings; and further
That Greater Vernon Water Utility Rates Imposition Bylaw No. 2622, 2014 be adopted.
CARRIED
Opposed: Councillors Besso and Kiss
Moved and seconded by Councillor Besso and Director Lord
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors that staff be directed to report on the
possibility of splitting out multi family units from the non domestic and mixed use rate.
DEFEATED
Opposed: Directors Sawatzky, Macnabb, Spiers and Fleming
Referendum Process for Greater Vernon Water Master Water Plan Borrowing
Referendum
Moved and seconded by Directors Sawatzky and Macnabb
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, the Referendum Process for Greater Vernon
Water Master Water Plan Borrowing Referendum be endorsed.
CARRIED
Opposed: Councillors Besso and Kiss
Moved and seconded by Directors Sawatzky and Lord
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, Director Macnabb be appointed to act as
Chair for all public meetings for the Greater Vernon Water Master Water Plan Referendum
Process.
CARRIED
Greater Vernon Parks & Recreation – Development Guidelines and Standard
Specifications for Landscape Construction
Moved and seconded by Directors Fleming and Sawatzky
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, the Greater Vernon Parks and Recreation
Development Guidelines and Standard Specifications for Landscape Construction be endorsed.
CARRIED
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Greater Vernon Cultural Plan, 2014 – Terms of Reference
Moved and seconded by Directors Sawatzky and Lord
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, the Terms of Reference for the Greater
Vernon Cultural Plan, as outlined in the staff report dated February 18th, 2014 and titled,
Greater Vernon Cultural Plan, 2014 – Terms of Reference, be approved; and further,
That Director Juliette Cunningham and Director Bob Fleming be appointed to sit on the Greater
Vernon Cultural Plan Steering Team for the duration of the Cultural Plan project; and further,
That a letter be sent to the City of Vernon, requesting a planning or tourism staff representative
to sit on the Greater Vernon Cultural Plan Steering Team for the duration of the Cultural Plan
project; and further,
That a letter be sent to the District of Coldstream, requesting a planning or tourism staff
representative to sit on the Greater Vernon Cultural Plan Steering Team for the duration of the
Cultural Plan project; and further,
That the Board of Directors agrees, in principle, to act and invest in the resulting Greater Vernon
Cultural Plan, 2014, in contemplation of and subject to other Regional District priorities, and
contingent upon funding availability.
CARRIED
Opposed: Director Lord, Councillors Kiss and Besso
Arts, Youth and Culture
Moved and seconded by Councillors Besso and Kiss
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, a sub-committee/working group of the
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee be established to investigate how to best deliver services
to arts, youth and culture.
DEFEATED
Opposed: Directors Macnabb, Spiers, Sawatzky, Fleming and Lord
North Okanagan Arts, Youth and Culture Service and Master Water Plan
Moved and seconded by Councillor Besso and Director Lord
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors that the letter dated January 14. 2014 re:
North Okanagan Arts, Youth and Culture Service and Master Water Plan be received for
information with regard to discussion on establishment of a subcommittee of the Greater Vernon
Advisory Committee to investigate how to best deliver services to arts, youth and culture.
CARRIED
Peer Review of the Master Water Plan
Moved and seconded by Councillors Besso and Kiss
That Agenda Item 10 – Peer Review of the Master Water Plan be deferred until consideration of
Agenda Item 11 – Independent Peer Review of the Master Water Plan.
CARRIED
Opposed: Director Macnabb
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Independent Peer Review of the Master Water Plan 2012
Moved and seconded by Alternate Director Spiers and Director Lord
That Agenda Item 13 – North Okanagan Arts, Youth and Culture Service and Master Water
Plan be deferred to the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee Special Meeting to be held on
March 11, 2014.
CARRIED
North Okanagan Arts, Youth and Culture Service and Master Water Plan
Moved and seconded by Alternate Director Spiers and Director Lord
That Agenda Item 13 – North Okanagan Arts, Youth and Culture Service and Master Water
Plan be deferred to the Greater Vernon Advisory Special Committee Meeting to be held on
March 11, 2014.
CARRIED
Councillor Kiss reassumed the position of Chair of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
Meeting.
Councillor Besso provided a presentation to the Committee entitled “Our Water Future”.
IN CAMERA
Moved and seconded by Directors Sawatzky and Fleming
That, pursuant to Section 92 of the Community Charter, the regular meeting of the Greater
Vernon Advisory Committee convene In Camera to deal with matters deemed closed to the
public in accordance with Section 90(1)(e) of the Community Charter.
CARRIED
The Regular meeting of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee adjourned to meet In Camera
at 11:05 a.m.
The Regular meeting of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee meeting reconvened at 11:58
a.m.
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:59 a.m.
CERTIFIED CORRECT
Chair
Juliette Cunningham
Corporate Officer
Jeanne Byron
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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
MINUTES of a SPECIAL meeting of the GREATER VERNON ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the
REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN held in the Boardroom at the Regional District
Office on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Members:
Staff:
Director J. Cunningham
Alternate Director B. Spiers
Director R. Sawatzky
Councillor G. Kiss
Director D. Dirk
Director B. Fleming
Director M. Macnabb
City of Vernon
City of Vernon
City of Vernon
District of Coldstream
District of Coldstream
Electoral Area "B"
Electoral Area "C"
T. Hall
J. Byron
Administrator
Corporate Officer/Human Resources
Manager
General Manager, Engineering
Manager, Greater Vernon Water
Water Quality Manager
Parks Planner
Community Development Coordinator
Clerk, Engineering (taking minutes)
D. McTaggart
Z. Marcolin
R. Clark
K. Pinkoski
T. Nelson
D. Douglas
Also Present: Councillor M. Besso
Director M. O’Keefe
W. Pearce
D. Ross
J. Coughlin
Bruce Carscaden
Media & Public
(Chair)
(Vice Chair)
District of Coldstream
City of Vernon
Administrator, City of Vernon
Director, Recreational Services
Facilities Manager, City of Vernon
Architect
CALL MEETING TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 8:59 a.m.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee – March 11, 2014
Moved and seconded by Directors Sawatzky and Macnabb
That the Agenda of the March 11, 2014 Greater Vernon Advisory Committee (GVAC) Special
meeting be approved as presented.
CARRIED
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NEW BUSINESS
Civic Arena Engineering Assessment
Moved and seconded by Directors Dirk and Sawatzky
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors as per the Greater Vernon Recreation
Facilities and Programming Memorandum of Understanding dated Sept. 12, 2013 that the
Board hold a referendum in conjunction with the local government elections in November 2014
seeking borrowing approval to fund a replacement sheet of ice and to decommission the Civic
Arena as an ice facility and that all other agreed to terms stated in the Greater Vernon
Recreation Facilities and Programming Memorandum of Understanding dated Sept. 12, 2013
under sections “New Recreation Facilities” and “Civic Arena” will apply.
CARRIED
Peer Review of the Master Water Plan 2012
Moved and seconded by Director Dirk and Councillor Kiss
That discussion on the Peer Review of the Master Water Plan 2012 be tabled until after
Councillor Kiss’s presentation.
CARRIED
Independent Peer Review of the Master Water Plan 2012
Moved and seconded by Director Dirk and Councillor Kiss
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, a decision regarding an independent Peer
Review of the current Master Water Plan be postponed until the April 2014 GVAC meeting to
clarify the scope options.
CARRIED
Opposed: Directors Fleming and Macnabb
North Okanagan Arts, Youth and Culture Service and Master Water Plan
Moved and seconded by Director Dirk and Councillor Kiss
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, in relation to the District of Coldstream letter
dated January 14, 2014, a sub-committee not be formed, and that the Greater Vernon Advisory
Committee will address issues relating to the Master Water Plan.
CARRIED
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:57 a.m.
CERTIFIED CORRECT
Chair
Juliette Cunningham
Corporate Officer
Jeanne Byron
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Presentation to: Greater Vernon Advisory Committee: April 3, 2014
Purpose: Pickleball use at Paddlewheel Park courts
Vernon Pickleball Club History
Vernon Pickleball Club was formed in September 2013. The purpose of the club is to grow the
sport of Pickleball in Vernon, create scheduled playing times, teach new people to play, and
educate the public about the sport. We enthusiastically welcome new players to the game and
provide instructions, support, and equipment. We host skill clinics, tournaments and social
events.
Sawicki Park was assigned in 2012 for pickleball use by Parks and Rec. It became apparent
fairly quickly that the courts were inadequate because the surface is aged, pitted, and has cracks
making the surface unsafe.
Recently members of our committee met with Keith Pinkoski at Paddlewheel Park to discuss our
Clubs ongoing request to have lines painted on the tennis courts. Parking has always been a
concern and a stumbling block for everyone involved.
Keith provided some interesting statistics regarding peak boat launch usage times. It was noted
that July and August are the busiest months with a peak day count of 84 boat trailers in July and
a peak day count of 91 trailers in August. We also noted that the peak day count in May is 31, in
June 42 and up to September 15th, the peak day count is 50.
We have been in contact with Ron Hueman, President of the Okanagan Landing & District
Association who endorses our request to make the courts at Paddlewheel Park multipurpose.
PROPOSAL
The Vernon Pickleball Club (VPC) proposes the following:
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VPC will play at Paddlewheel park May, part of June, and September
VPC will not play at Paddlewheel park the end of June, July or August
The Vernon Pickleball Club long term plan is to have dedicated pickleball courts.
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Below is an example of four pickleball courts on a single tennis court, using portable nets.
Contact for Vernon Pickleball Club (VPC)
Bruce Simpson, Vice President
250-309-3212
[email protected]
Cheri Burgess, Communications Director
250-545-5864
[email protected]
Sharon Rauhala, Secretary
250-309-0273
[email protected]
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REGIONAL DISTRICT
of
NORTH OKANAGAN
REPORT
File No. : 5730.15.10
TO:
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
FROM:
Engineering
DATE:
February 14, 2014
SUBJECT:
Peer Review of the Master Water Plan
RECOMMENDATION:
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, a Peer Review of the 2012 Greater Vernon Water
Master Water Plan not be undertaken .
DISCUSSION:
A peer review provides critical scrutiny to a process and/or document and is performed where it is
believed critical scrutiny has been absent or suspect (bias, predefined outcome, etc.). The peer
review would be conducted by qualified individuals (or organizations) that are independent of those
who performed the work, but who are collectively equivalent in technical expertise (i.e., peers) to
those who performed the original work. It does not repeat the work but examines the process to
oversee appropriate methodology and rigor was used through the development of the work to be
reviewed .
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BACKGROUND/HISTORY:
The proposed Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant (DCWTP) filtration scheme and layout design
(Pilot Study) was undertaken by AECOM over a two (2) year period with assistance of the DCWTP
staff. The Pilot Study was reviewed by "staff only" that have general knowledge in water treatment ·
plant operation and treatment methods. The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) does not
have staff that are experts in water treatment plant design and the various types of water treatment
that are available based on current "Best Available Control Technology (BACT)". Given this limited
review by staff and the value of this single project, staff have included a peer review for the DCWTP
Filtration Pilot Project in the 2014 budget.
In contrast, the 2012 Master Water Plan (MWP) was prepared, scrutinized, reviewed and debated
extensively from the onset of the project through to completion over a period of one and a half years.
The following team of engineering professionals, elected officials, and staff provided critique and input
throughout the MWP:
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Report to: GVAC
From: Engineering
Re: Peer Review - GVW
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File No.: 5730.15.10
February 14, 2014
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1. Engineering Professionals:
- Three (3) consulting Engineering firms [AECOM Canada Ltd., Kerr Wood Leidal Associated
Limited; Associated Engineering Limited] (all have extensive experience in this field of
engineering)
Four (4) professional engineers from the RDNO:
- Dale McTaggart, P. Eng. -General Manager Engineering
- AI Cotsworth, P. Eng. -Greater Vernon Water Manager
lee Marcolin, P. Eng.- Manager- Greater Vernon Water
- Rod Pleasance, P. Eng. - Project Engineer
One (1) professional engineer from the District of Goldstream:
- Michael Stamhuis, P. Eng., Chief Administrative Officer
One (1) engineering technologist from the District of Goldstream:
- Mike Baker - Director of Engineering Services
Two (2) professional engineers from the City of Vernon:
- Keith Wahlstrom, P. Eng. - Water Manager
- Rob Dickinson, P. Eng.- Director of Engineering Services
Technical Staff:
- Renee Clark, Water Quality Manager
- Jennifer Miles, Water Sustainability Coordinator
- Emma Posluns, Water Sustainability Coordinator
Financial Staff:
- Trevor Seibel, Chief Financial Officer, District of Goldstream
- Kevin Bertles, Chief Financial Officer, City of Vernon
- David Sewell, Chief Financial Officer, RDNO
Agricultural Representatives:
- Ted Osborn
- Tom Ouchi
- Jamie Kidston
Interior Health:
- Gordon Moseley, Specialist - Environmental Health Officer
Elected Officials:
- Councillor Gyula Kiss, District of Goldstream
- Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
- Board of Directors
Administrative Staff:
- Michael Stamhuis, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Goldstream (also from a P.Eng.
perspective)
- Will Pearce, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Vernon
- Trafford Hall, Chief Administrative Officer, RDNO
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Report to: GVAC
From: Engineering
Re: Peer Review - GVW
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2. Meetings held to review the MWP
The first meeting of the MWP Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was held on November 22,
2011 and continued to the end of June 2013. Twenty four (24) meetings of the TAC were held to
review and provide comment and feedback to the Consulting Engineers on every aspect of the
MWP. In addition to the TAC meetings, seven (7) Special Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
Meetings were held to inform the GVAC so that they could reach recommendation to bring forward
to the Board of Directors to finalize the 2012 MWP.
3. Interior Health Review
The review process undertaken by Interior Health (IH) for Master Water Plans began with a
thorough and collaborative review by the Environmental Health Officer and Drinking Water Officer
(the statutory decision makers) and the Regional Public Health Engineer. This IH process typically
includes consultation experts internally with other IH staff within the Drinking Water Program and,
externally with other Ministry officials and government agents as deemed necessary by IH. Once
IH reviewed all of the facts and consultation comments considered, a final decision is made on
whether not the MWP as presented represents an acceptable strategy towards meeting
compliance in a timely fashion . After IH completed this review process (approximately six (6)
months a letter was issued December 24, 2013 to reflect and support rescinding the "Order" on file
and accept the MWP decision rendered by the Board of Director's dated June 26, 2013.
SUMMARY:
Staff are recommending that a peer review not be undertaken for the 2012 MWP for the following
reasons:
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the process for development of the MWP was designed to be scrutinized at all stages by a
panel of professionals and elected officials;
a peer review would not take into account any of the political and jurisdictional issues that
were debated to form the MWP;
a peer review would be a comprehensive review from technical perspective to assess the
engineering design and construction principles only and would cost in the range of $20,000 $100,000 depending on the level of detail required for this review;
the current MWP process has been fully scrutinized through the process from beginning to end
by a panel of professional engineers, IH staff, elected officials and staff to form the basis of a
comprehensive plan that best suits the needs of GVW and all customers into the future; and
a peer review would delay implementation of the 2014 referendum .
Submitted by:
Approved for Inclusion:
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P.Eng.
General Manager Engineering
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Notice of motion: Independent Peer Review of the Master Water Plan 2012 (or 13)
Whereas the first Master Water Plan (2002) laid down the principle directions of the
water plan being total separation and
Whereas this plan was reviewed by peers of the trade and accepted as the best venue
for the plan and
Whereas the next contract was awarded without tender and
Whereas these new consulting contractors changed the course of action without any
review and
Whereas these changes resulted insignificant unnecessary expenditures of ratepayers
funds
Be it resolved that this Committee recommends to the Board of Directors that an
Independent Peer Review of the current Master Water Plan be conducted.
Request is based on but not restricted to the following issues:
First contract for MWP 2002 was awarded on a competitive basis;
Resulting report was evaluated by an independent peer review;
Second contract was awarded without competition;
New contractors acted contrary to the recommendations of first contractors;
No review was initiated to verify the efficacy of the new direction;
Borrowing referendum of 2004 requested the borrowing of “up to” $35 million for
water improvements in order to minimize water rate increases;
Costs for water improvements far exceeded the $35 million approved;
Water rate increases exceeded all expectations yet the objectives laid down in
MWP 2002 have not been achieved and are not intended to be achieved;
There were false assumptions in arriving at the current MWP proposal:
Assumption: Water licenses cannot be transferred.
Fact: Water act allows up to 10 cubic meters/second inter basin transfers (this
volume would far exceed the total license volume GVW owns). A transfer of 0.1
cubic meter per second would have provided all the domestic water needed from
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Duteau Creek.
Fact 2: Water act allows transfer of Point of Diversion within the same water
system (in our case Coldstream Creek/Deer Creek to Kal Lake).
Fact 3: We already own a small license to transfer Duteau Creek water to Kal
Lake. Precedent is set!
Assumption: We do not have enough water licenses on Okanagan Lake to
warrant inclusion of Okanagan Lake into our assessment of water supplies.
Fact: We do own sufficient water licenses on the Columbia system that, if
transferred to Okanagan Lake, could provide sufficient quantities of domestic water
for at least 60 years.
There were confusing financial calculations and statements. The plan is prepared for 40years but there is a 50-year life cycle analysis. However, current customers are interested
in what they have to pay and what and when they get for it.
Borrowing is for 20 years. That is the period in which most customers are interested. Long
(50-year) spread sheets with microscopic figures scare most people and they do not mean
anything. Why would a current customer care what a customer 35 year hence will have to
pay?
Most people got some improvement by 2010 but many have not received any improvement
in their water quality yet their water rates tripled.
Additional information is provided by a Power Point Presentation.
Gyula Kiss
Councillor
District of Coldstream
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Supporting evidence for peer review
Master Water Plan 2014
(Basically completion of plan started in 2004)
Why requesting a peer review?
The main issue is credibility
credibility.
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Water Source Selection
Available water sources:
Duteau Creek
Kalamalka Lake
Okanagan Lake
Characteristics of available water sources….
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Duteau Creek – the chosen source
“The hydrologic regime of the Duteau Creek watershed is
dominated by snowmelt and therefore, snow pack depth and
timing of snowmelt dictate the supply status of upland
reservoirs. ……… by the middle of May, the seasonal snow
pack is generally gone. This date represents the tail end of the
snowmelt season
season. In normal years; the reservoirs would be
nearing capacity by June. After this time, water supply is
dependent on precipitation inputs. The summer period also
corresponds to the period of peak irrigation demand, with
maximum consumption between mid-July and mid-August. In
the summer, because stored water is being consumed at a rate
that far exceeds inflow, reservoir levels start dropping.”
Kalamalka Lake
"Kalamalka/Wood Lake, due to its large storage capacity and
long turnover rate is much less susceptible to the annual
variations in snow pack depth. Besides Upper Vernon Creek,
Oyama Creek, and Coldstream Creek, abundant groundwater
springs provide source inflows to Kalamalka / Wood Lake."
Okanagan Lake
"Okanagan Lake abuts into the west end of the City of Vernon
and is likely the largest and most reliable future source of water
to meet the long term growth of the Greater Vernon area. It is
the primary water source for the cities of Kelowna and
Penticton, as well as a number of smaller centres."
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Water source selection:
Duteau is the most investigated watershed yet the least reliable
Most expensive to treat
Conflict/competition with agricultural users.
Costs are difficult to separate
separate.
Three systems to operate, maintain and amortize.
Up to 9,000 ML/y of filtered water on crops.
Water source selection:
Reason to ignore valley lakes: No water licenses.
We now know about transfer of point-of-diversion (POD)
option within watersheds.
Also, up to 10 m3/second of water can be diverted
between watersheds.
2,000 ML/y=0.063 m3/second, 1.1 m3/second  entire license
Total water licenses of Columbia System  23,600 ML/y
Security of supply
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Water source selection:
Consequence of erroneous information
regarding transfer of POD
Question to peer review:
Could we change the proposed MWP based
on this new information?
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Financial issues
Separation cost estimates
2002:
2006:
2013:
$35 million
$12 (Bella Vista, Old Kamloops Road) completed
$81 million more for the rest?
The current estimate of $
$81 million far exceeds the estimated
total MWP cost of $72 million.
How did the $35 million balloon to $93 million (12+81=93)?
How can we rely on ANY financial estimates?
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Plan versus no plan
MWP 2002
Separation of the existing combined water system will provide
the most cost effective water management in the long term.
Portions of the existing water distribution system serve both
domestic and agricultural irrigation customers (termed the
“combined system”). On an annual basis, approximately 80%
of this water is used for irrigation of agricultural
land..….continued
MWP 2002
…….continued
With the increasing requirement for drinking water
treatment, it does not make economic sense to treat the
water going to irrigation. Separation of the existing
combined
bi d system
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and
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irrigation water systems will allow the appropriate water
quality to be applied to the end use. MWP Addendum 2004.
Yet we decided to continue to do just that!
MWP 2004 principles
“The revised direction of the MWP is not entirely new. It was
one of the options that was seriously considered in the
preparation of the original MWP. What the GVW has been able
to do, however, is to take advantage of recent water treatment
technology advances in ultraviolet disinfection and high-rate
clarification to make the option more cost effective and more
robust in terms of treatment performance.”
UV is fine at MH, clarification is good at DC – the problem is
the use of the product on agricultural fields!
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MWP 2002 principles
“The major factor in this decision is cost. This was investigated using an economic analysis technique known as “life cycle costing”. The results clearly show that water system separation, to create a domestic water system and an irrigation water system, has a clear economic advantage over the long‐term. Based on a 50‐year lifecycle cost analysis, the cost to implement and operate a separated water system is about $149 million. The cost for a combined water system, over the is about $149 million The cost for a combined water system over the
same period and providing the same domestic water quality, is about $198 million – some $49 million higher!.”
True it was considered but rejected as 33% more expensive.
It is proven that the 2004 “plan” is more expensive!
Predicted and actual costs – 2004-2013
Why no peer review?
Addendum 2004 is a complete reversal of the accepted, peer
reviewed plan of 2002.
The new direction was developed by sole source consultants.
Projected
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costs were predicted
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to be higher
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than MWP 2002.
A complete peer review should have been carried out!
A peer review could have identified the lack of complete
plans and the problems with the oversized plant!
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Wasted ratepayers’ funds
2006-2010 162 ML/d DAF treatment plant  $29 million
Did not meet quality measures
Did not meet maximum daily demands
Additional expenditures on agricultural separation ($10-15 M)
No plans for future (that’s why current planning)
No peer review!
Wasted ratepayers’ funds
It was never explained how they arrived at 162 ML/d
Current plan for filtration ---> 110 ML/d, difference: 52 ML/d (47%)
A 110 ML/d plant was all that was needed for the current plant
Only 20 ML/d would be needed for total separation
There is $3.6 million set aside for oversizing for total separation
How will that happen? Over….
Wasted ratepayers’ funds
We already have a $29 million DAF plant
Planning an additional $27 million filtration plant
Agricultural separation costs (raw water diversions)
These investments will be lost if total separation proceeds
Needs a thorough review for answers
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Confusing financial projections
50-year lifecycle analysis
40-year planning horizon
20-year borrowing
50-year spread sheets with miniature characters
Customers not interested in commitments due 35 years from now
Those will be a different set of customers
All borrowed funds are repaid in 20 years
After that only O&M is required
Overestimating water demands
Estimate for 2011 9670 ML/y
Reality  6370 ML, it has been declining since
A whole TM is about saving water
We have drought management plan
Yet water demands overestimated
Better fit for the plan?
Treatment costs 2011
Duteau Creek
Mission Hill
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Proposed $70 million Borrowing
Questions??
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Paddy Juniper
From:
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Subject:
Attachments:
[email protected]
Thursday, March 20, 2014 2:20 PM
Dale McTaggart
Enns Richard; Pat Cochrane; Peter McClean; Trevor Seibel; Trafford Hall; Paddy Juniper
Re: Peer Review of the Master Water Plan
MWP2002 costs reviewed.pdf
Hi Dale
Attached is my proposal for a peer review of the Master Water Plan as you requested (by March 20).
The information used in the proposal were extracted by various reports prepared by members of the
consultants.
Report by Director Sawatzky was also noted with regards to possible changes in the methodology of
Interior Health (note the report below).
Having to invest $180 million of taxpayers' funds is a huge responsibility that we should not take
lightly. As a representative of Greater Vernon, and specifically the taxpayers of Coldstream, I
consider it my duty to have "all rocks turned" to ensure that the money spent buys the best product
for the residents of Greater Vernon.
It would be my pleasure to discuss my ideas with anyone interested.
Let me point out one not so small item as a consequence of mixed irrigation/domestic water delivery
A line item in the current water budget is an expenditure of $2 million for dam repair at Haddo Lake.
This expenditure would have been necessary wether or not domestic water was used from this
source. Domestic customers currently receive about 20% of their water from Haddo Lake. In our 2014
budget the entire $2 million is requisitioned from current domestic fees (agriculture's entire
contribution is $905,000). I would have no trouble subsidizing agriculture if it was on a provincial
basis. However, it should not be the responsibility of current domestic and ICI customers to foot the
entire $2 million for dam repair. At least half of that cost should be agriculture water's responsibility.
There are other costs that are assigned to domestic and ICI customers that are questionable.
Here is the information Director Sawatzky relayed to us recently:
"I attended my first Water Advisory Committee Meeting yesterday aft at UBCO where the topics were research
projects done and ongoing. The committee TOR include giving direction to John Janmat, the research chair and
coordinator, about useful research projects.
I was there as the RDNO rep because we are funders.
Toby Pike, (of South East Kelowna Irrigation District) and I think, Andrew Reeder, spoke about the IHA
mandated costs that are being loaded onto water providers like us and them. Toby spoke about some changes at
IHA and the importance of the views and direction of Ivor Norland of IHA, who will be speaking to a Water
Suppliers Association function on April 4th.
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He, and the other fellow from a Kelowna water system, felt that there might be some opportunities for us to
avoid and reduce costs with the new decision tree that is coming from IHA, and that the April 4th gathering
could be a source of very useful new direction and clarity. Apparently, the direction coming from IHA/MOE is
moving toward a decision tree model rather than the hard, fast, 43210 of the past.
Also, Jeff Curtis, prof at UBCO, spoke to the incorrectness of using NTU as a single standard for treatment
effectiveness. Ie not all NTUs are equal in how they interfere with UV and chlorination. He contends that the
actual effectiveness of the treatment of the end product is what should be mandated, tested and regulated.
Is any of this useful new information/avenues for you to pursue, or is this all stuff you have incorporated into
the advice we receive from you in our long term strategy already?
These are multi million dollar decisions and if IHA/the Province are making small changes they might have
multimillion dollar effects upon our own decision trees.
I don’t know if any of this is of any value, but with the dollars involved, I don’t believe we should leave any
stone unturned."
Respectfully submitted
Gyula Kiss
-------Original Message------From: Dale McTaggart
Date: 3/14/2014 7:27:08 AM
To: 'Gyula Kiss (Coldstream Council)'
Subject: Peer Review of the Master Water Plan
Councillor Kiss: At the March 19, 2014 GVAC meeting the Committee members past a motion that you to
bring back the requested change in scope options you are proposing. We will the provide an estimate for this
work to be undertaken. To make the next GVAC agenda we will need your information by Wednesday March
20, 2014.
Thanks, please call if you have any questions.
Dale McTaggart, P.Eng. | General Manager Engineering | Regional District of North Okanagan | 9848 Aberdeen
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Further comments in support of Peer Review of the Master Water Plan
Gyula Kiss, Councillor, District of Coldstream
Above cost estimates for MWP 2002 were prepared by Mr David Mane who is also
the principal finance planner for MWP 2012 (or 14?).
In analyzing the costs some interesting facts emerge as described below.
Item 1.
The projects itemized in item 1 and the related costs have already been
taken care of in the past 12 years. Savings: $2.3 M.
Item 2.
Item 2 projects and related costs have been covered. The PS has been
updated to 60 ML/d. Duteau raw water is not needed. Savings: $5.7 M.
Item 3.
Mission Hill WTP was up-sized to 60 ML/d and also upgraded to provide
UV treatment. Capacity should be sufficient to satisfy all the domestic
demand for at least 20 years. Independent review should clarify this.
Savings: $19.5.
Item 4.
McMechan Reservoir has been completed. Likely the transmission
mains have also been completed. The outstanding issue might be the
hydraulic improvements. Savings: 7.0 M.
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Item 5.
Some of the watermains have been completed (Bella Vista and Old
Kamloops Road and might be others). Must be verified. Costs for the
additional watermains must be determined independently. The 2013
estimates appear to be way out of line. The domestic water meters have
also been installed and likely other related projects have been
completed. Estimated savings: $12 M
Total value of the completed projects is $46.5 M. Considering the completed
projects it appears that the current estimates are way out of proportion. If Mr Mane
was so wrong with his estimates in 2002 then I seriously question his current
estimates as well. It is obvious that an independent review of the MWP is necessary.
The difference between the 2002 estimated costs of $71.56 and the value of the
completed projects of $46.5 M is $25 M. Even if construction costs doubled since
2002 the outstanding costs for total separation should be in the neighbourhood of
$50 M.
The cost estimates for a pump station from Okanagan Lake are $34 M. The two
filtration plants could cost about $57 M (likely more). Estimated filtration costs could
be between $2-3 M. Kelowna is currently asking for elimination of filtration
requirements on Okanagan Lake until it is determined that it is needed (remove the
albatross). GVW is asking for deferment on Kalamalka Lake until 2022. We could
extend it for longer. Should we be able to extend our deferral 10-20 years total
separation would be a much better solution than the current proposal is.
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The revised Table would look like as presented above.
Mayor Sawatzky stated (with reference to information he garnered in a water meeting
in Kelowna): “I don’t know if any of this is of any value, but with the dollars involved,
I don’t believe we should leave any stone unturned ”.
The independent review should include the above presentation regarding costs of
completed projects.
Also the following issues:
Independent analyses of water sources and their relative values:
Duteau Creek
Kalamalka Lake
Okanagan Lake
Special concern is the snow pack dependency of Duteau Creek, the value of
reliable availability.
Determining the cost of two filtration plants with the associated treatment
costs of up to 20,000 ML’s of water (10,000 of which will also DAF treated and
80% of it might be used for crop irrigation).
Investigate the true cost of total separation from MHWTP using Point of
Diversion relocation to Kal Lake from Deer Creek/Coldstream Creek and
deferral of filtration.
Investigate the true cost of total separation from MHWTP using Point of
Diversion relocation to Okanagan Lake from other licenses owned by GVW
within the Columbia system and deferral of filtration indefinitely.
Evaluate the cost effectiveness of the three systems on a 20-year (loan
repayment term) term. Evaluate the treatment cost differences beyond the 20year period.
Recommend potential uses for the DAF plant should it become redundant.
Explaining options in terms of the current proposals I present Option 6 below:
The first impression is that this option is way out of reach as it seems to cost $182
M until one realizes that the $50 M filtration plant is not due until 2042. That could
be easily covered by carefully designed Development Cost Charges (DCC’s).
Removing that cost would make Option 6 quite competitive with the other options
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at $132.8. Ultraviolet and chlorine treatments would be the only treatment just that
of Kelowna’s. No more agricultural separation, no more need for Duteau projects,
no more costs for dam improvements and other agricultural repairs. Costs would be
allocated to where they are incurred.
The next questionable items are the System Separation and Transmission Mains. A
review of these costs should be part of the peer review process as the two reports
by Mr Mane are not reconcilable.
As noted above a cost estimate of $50 to$60 M would appear to be more reasonable
making the Option very palatable as shown below:
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This would be more acceptable and would accomplish total separation.
If we could obtain delay for filtration for 20-years from the Province or get a grant for
the filtration plant the Kalamalka Lake Option would be even more desirable and
acceptable to the public who pay the bills Here is the Kalamalka Lake Option 6:
These Options are based entirely on data presented by the Consultants. Obviously,
in order to ensure that we get our money’s worth we should have a second opinion.
A request for proposal using above suggestions could give us assurance that we are
getting the best deal for the taxpayers.
I would also recommend suspending all MWP projects until after the referendum as
prejudging the wishes of the people is presumptuous and could create similar
situations as we encountered with the DCWTP that became an albatross on the
backs of both consultants and staff and ultimately the politicians.
We do have acceptable quality water now. We met IHA’s order to provide a plan for
water improvements. Now we can take aq closer look at the costs and the
consequences and perhaps we can avoid costly mistakes made in the past.
Gyula Kiss
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March 12, 2014
The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
Re:
The Greater Vernon Cultural Plan
We thank you for taking the initiative to put a Cultural Plan in place and for the support that
our organization has received from GVAC in the past. However, we are disappointed in the
terms of the proposed Greater Vernon Cultural Plan Terms of Reference that were adopted
at your March 6, 2014 meeting.
Our primary concern is that the Plan defines "culture", for its purposes, as relating primarily
to only two aspects of our varied and diverse culture: Arts and Heritage. This definition
completely fails to recognize science as the significant component of our culture that it is.
The following facts help demonstrate the extent to which our community embraces science
as part of its culture:
•
In 2013 the Okanagan Science Centre had 26,000 people go through its doors;
•
We currently have 1,187 families as members;
•
In 2013 we received a grant from Heritage Canada to produce a biopic on Canadian
Space Agency leader Bruce Aikenhead;
•
The Arts and Culture in Action committee (which was a multi-stakeholder committee
initiated and led by RDNO staff in 2011) adopted a vision statement that stated: "Our
culture includes art, science, sport, and heritage."
•
In the past GVAC has generously provided us with "cultural grants".
In light of the foregoing, it is beyond doubt that our community embraces science as part of
its culture.
The use of such a narrow definition of culture not only excludes a large cross-section of our
cultural make-up, it also has the unfortunate result of a steering committee - which will
develop the full Cultural Plan - being comprised of, excluding political representatives,
almost exclusively representatives of organizations that RDNO staff see as fitting within the
"Arts" and "Heritage" categories. The steering committee will be up to 30 or 35 people.
With a group that big is there not room for science to be represented? If science doesn't fit
in with this group and isn't included in this plan, where does it belong and how is it
represented?
To put the potential long-term importance of this Plan into perspective, we also point out
that the Cultural Plan is geared towards determining how all "cultural services" are to be
developed and delivered over the next 10 years. When a plan has such long lasting
impact, it is even more important, in our view, to err on the side of inclusivity as failing to
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obtain input from any sector of our culture could result in a decade of decisions that are
flawed or, at least, that fail to be as beneficial as they could otherwise be.
At a policy level we should be encouraging our community to continue to embrace science
even more so than it already does. Science is an underlying, complementary part of our
culture. It strives to provide answers to many of our pressing societal issues including
maintaining and managing a clean water supply and addressing environmental concerns. It
strengthens other aspects of our culture such as by providing methods to increase
productivity within the agricultural sector and providing enhanced and new forms of artistic
expression. And, not least of all, it helps drive economic growth as successful businesses
are those that innovate and embrace scientific advancement.
We therefore ·ask that, before the Plan is implemented, you amend the Terms of Reference
to provide for a broader definition of "culture" and to provide for a steering committee which
is more inclusive in nature and which specifically includes representation from science
organizations in the area including the Okanagan Science Centre.
Thank you for your consideration of the points we have raised. We also include for your
reference the entirety of the letter which our Executive Director had provided to Ms. Nelson
prior to the March 6 meeting, from which Ms. Nelson read an excerpt to you. We also
include a copy of the last minutes from the Culture and Arts in Action committee specifically
referencing science as being part of our culture, and of that committee's logo which
expressly includes reference to science. If any of you would like to discuss this matter,
please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Sandi Dixon at the Science Centre at
545-3644, or you ay contact me personally at (250) 540-1498.
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From:
To:
Subject:
Date:
Tannis Nelson
Jeanne Byron; Paddy Juniper
Email 1 from Allan Brooks for inclusion on next GVAC
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 11:13:21 AM
From: Aaron Deans [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:39 PM
To: Tannis Nelson
Cc: 'Cunningham, Juliette'
Subject: RE: ToR for a Greater Vernon Cultural Plan - Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society
Hello Tannis,
I understand that a Terms of Reference for a Greater Vernon Cultural Plan is currently under review
and that you are seeking comments from local/regional cultural organizations. I trust that despite
not being asked directly for feedback that you will also receive and consider comments from Allan
Brooks Nature Centre Society.
It is my strong opinion that Allan Brooks Nature Centre should be included in the Terms of
Reference for a Greater Vernon Cultural Plan. I believe a higher level cultural plan for the region is
an excellent initiative that could serve the residents and cultural organizations of our region very
well to focus attention and resources to growing the cultural values of region; however , if intended
to be inclusive, the strategic plan should extend and recognize all cultural organizations and assets
of our region of which Allan Brooks Nature Centre is one. By not doing so this plan undervalues the
contribution that organizations like Allan Brooks Nature Centre provides to the quality of life and
culture in the North Okanagan. We would look forward to the opportunity to make contributions
and support the successful development and implementation of such a plan.
We respectfully request equal representation and inclusion at the strategic planning level and
development of a Greater Vernon Cultural Plan.
Aaron Deans
-Aaron Deans, RPBio
Executive Director
Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society
o: 250.260.4227
d: 778.932.0480
e: [email protected]
www.abnc.ca
‘Fostering appreciation of nature in the Okanagan’
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Sandi Dixon
From:
Sent:
To:
Cc:
Subject:
Sandi Dixon [[email protected]]
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:45 AM
'Tannis Nelson'
'Steve Brandner'; '[email protected]'
RE: Terms of Reference for the development of a Greater Vernon Cultural Plan - please
review and provide comment
Importance:
High
Hi Tannis,
Thank you for sharing the proposed Terms of Reference for the development of a Greater Vernon Cultural Plan and
Steering Committee Team Terms of Reference, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback.
As a treasured cultural institution that serves the community of Greater Vernon extremely well, I was very surprised and
disappointed to read that the Okanagan Science Centre (OSC) /science is NOT considered part of the {{Stakeholder
Representation" team.
Why are we looking at the {{narrower" sense (2.2 Terms of Reference) of culture when we are creating a vision and
strategic direction to serve our community for at least the next 10 years? By excluding the OSC and other science based
organizations, the breadth of cultural activity in the community is not fairly representative and is inadequate for
developing a strong vision for the future. (A Science Centre IS a heritage centre -it is both a museum and interpretive
centre.)
As the committee chair, you are well aware that the OSC has been an active member ofthe Culture and Arts in Action
Committee, This committee adopted the following vision statement- "Greater Vernon has a healthy, vibrant and
diverse culture, essential to all. Our culture includes art, science, sport and heritage." Sport is also represented under
parks and recreation, where is science represented if not in this plan?
The OSC sincerely believes in partnership and teamwork. We have been happy to work hard with various community
heritage and artistic partners Most recently demonstrated by successfully collaborating with Caetani Centre, O'Keefe
Ranch, Literacy Centre and Winter Carnival Society.
We respectfully request equal representation and inclusion be given at this strategic planning level.
Sandi Dixon
Executive Director
Okanagan Science Centre
ph: 250.545.3644
www .okscience .ca
The Okanagan Science Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to 11 inspire scientific inquiry
through dynamic and interactive learning experiences; to encourage all ages to appreciate the relevance and universality
of science, and its application in our region."
From: Tannis Nelson [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2014 4:28PM
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To: Ron Candy; Tupper, Rob'; 'Lynne Hossay'; 'Pamela'; 'Sandi Dixon'; '[email protected]'; 'Susan Brandoli';
'Andrew Mercer'; [email protected]; 'Gwen Hartland'
Subject: Terms of Reference for the development of a Greater Vernon Cultural Plan- please review and provide
comment
Hi all,
The attached Terms of Reference for the development of a Greater Vernon Cultural Plan is on the agenda for
consideration of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee at their meeting on Thursday March 6th. The meeting starts at
8:00am, although this item is not first on the agenda (agenda should be posted online tomorrow morning).
Please review the Terms of Reference for the project, as well as the associated Steering Team, and provide your
comments to me by noon on Wednesday. I will be sure to bring forward comments when this item is discussed. To
clarify, this is a separate item from the Committee being sought by Councillor Besso. Both items will be discussed at
Thursday's meeting.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Tannis Nelson
Community Development Coordinator
Parks, Recreation and Culture
Regional District of North Okanagan
9848 Aberdeen Road
Coldstream, BC
VlB 2K9
Phone: 250.550.3700
Direct: 250.550.3689
Fax: 250.550.3701
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Tuesday March 4, 2013
9:00am
Vernon Community Arts Centre
Culture and Arts in Action
Agenda
a. Who's missing? Update on sport rep/North Okanagan Sports Council?
b. Report on action teams- prioritize and move things forward.
• Public Art policy
• Greater Vernon Arts and Culture Master Plan
(revitalization)
c. Upcoming grant funding- how can we position ourselves to be ready
for submitting applications (collaborative opportunities).
d. Confirm date and time of next meeting.
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2013 Culture and Arts in Action Meeting Dates and Locations
**All meetings to take place at 9:00 am
Tuesday January 1st, 2013 cancelled
Tuesday February st~=~, 2013 cancelled
Tuesday March 5th, 2013
Tuesday April 2nd, 2013
Tuesday May ylh, 2013
Tuesday June 4th, 2013
Tuesday July 2m\ 2013
Tuesday August 6t~=~, 2013
Tuesday September 3rd, 2013
Tuesday October 8th, 2013
Tuesday November 5th, 2013
Tuesday December 3m, 2013
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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
CULTURE AND ARTS IN ACTION
MINUTES
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
9:00 a.m. -Vernon Community Arts Centre
In Attendance:
Tannis Nelson
Lynne Hossay
Dauna Grant
Judy Katalinic
Sandi Dixon
Community Development Coordinator, RDNO
Vernon Community Arts Centre
Vernon Public Art Gallery
Caetani Cultural Centre
Okanagan Science Centre
Not in Attendance:
Gale Woodhouse
Holly Schmidt
Christine Kashuba
Heidi Maddess
Woodhouse Studios
Downtown Vernon Association
Mackie Lakehouse
Gallery Vertigo
Who's missing?
No sports rep yet.
Website Update
Tannis to send .jpg of logos
Review Draft Terms of Reference
(3.) Action Team qualifiers:
Should be cross dimensional
• Opportunities with college
• Jane to recommend someone
Fit with strategic goals
Community benefit
~~\
Provide feedback
(5.) Membership
Voting member:
Discussion on how to break this up?
Visual art representative (1)
Performing art representative (1)
Science representative (1)
Sports representative (1)
Heritage representative (1)
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Culture and Arts in Action May 18 \ 2012
[2]
(6.1) Meeting Schedule
Suggested to set yearly meeting schedule
(6.4) Quorum
A quorum of four (4) voting members of the committee is required for a formal resolution.
(Substitute the word Taskforce with committee)
**Action Item: Each member to bring comments on the terms of reference
Report on action teams - prioritize and move things forward
Discuss other opportunities
Gallery/ Science Centre Crawl
Balancing wages throughout Arts and Culture
** Dauna to bring tourism goals
New York culture/art trip
ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m.
Next meeting: June 5, 2012
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REGIONAL DISTRICT
of
NORTH OKANAGAN
REPORT
File No.: 3900.2500-2599.2545
TO:
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
FROM:
Department of Engineering
DATE:
March 24, 2014
SUBJECT:
Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014
RECOMMENDATION:
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors that Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 being Greater Vernon
Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 which proposes to replace the following bylaws
upon adoption:
1. “Vernon Irrigation District Bylaw No. 305” and amendments thereto; and
2. “Regional District of North Okanagan Water Restrictions Bylaw No. 2248, 2010” and
amendments thereto
Be given First Reading; and further,
That Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 be referred for comments to
various agencies and stakeholders prior to consideration of Second Reading.
SUMMARY:
This bylaw will update and enhance the current water use regulations within the Greater Vernon
Water Service area. It will also revise the Water Use Restriction Stages based on feedback from the
Drought Management Plan 2011 Update, the Drought Response Team, and the public. The revised
stages reflect best management practices and allow GVW to fine tune the level of response required
to maintain a sustainable water supply.
In order to consolidate these bylaws, staff have undertaken a comprehensive technical review and
drafted Bylaw 2545, 2014. Staff recommend that following First Reading, Bylaw No. 2545 be referred
to various agencies, stakeholders, the City of Vernon and District of Coldstream for review and
comment.
DISCUSSION:
The Vernon Irrigation District Bylaw No. 305 was first adopted in 1969 to address regulation,
distribution and use of water and therefore has been in effect for forty-five (45) years. Some sections
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do not accurately reflect current practice and need to be updated. Relevant sections have been
incorporated in the new Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014.
In 2010 and 2011, GVW updated the Drought Management Plan after restrictions were issued in the
spring of 2010. As part of the update, a Drought Response Team was formed that undertook to
update the triggers, stages and corresponding restrictions based on extensive consultation with
stakeholders. The current bylaw that imposes restrictions, the Regional District of North Okanagan
Water Restrictions Bylaw No. 2248, 2010 does not reflect the work completed in this process,
therefore, Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 was drafted to include
the recommended restrictions of the Drought Response Team.
The revised bylaw, Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014, will reduce the
need to refer to and interpret two different bylaws.
The proposed water use and regulation bylaw has been completely redrafted. Significant changes
incorporated into Bylaw 2545 are as follows:
1. The following definitions have been added in Section D: Agricultural Over Consumption Rate;
Agricultural Purposes; Agricultural Rates; Allocation; Automatic Timing Device; Backflow
Preventer; Bona Fide Agricultural Land; Bona Fide Agricultural Use; Bylaw Enforcement
Officer; Contaminant; Contiguous; Food Garden; Garden Ponds, Aesthetic Fountains, and
Water Features; General Manager; Greater Vernon Water; Handheld Sprinkling; Irrigation
Season; Lawn and Aesthetic Garden; Micro Jet Irrigation; New Lawns and Landscaping; Non
Domestic Use; Off Season Agricultural Water Use; Plants for Sale; Premises; Property; Stock
Watering Trough; Tamper; Water Service Connection; Watering Can; Water Meter.
2. The following definitions have been removed from Section D: Garden Purpose; Tolls.
3. The following definitions have been revised in Section D: Board; Costumer; Domestic Garden;
Domestic Purpose; Drought Management Plan; Greater Vernon Water Service Area; Hand
Held Hose Watering; Household Use; Industrial Purpose; Irrigation; Irrigation Purpose;
Residential Use; Manual Sprinklers; Non Domestic Use; Service; Stock Watering Purpose;
System; Underground Domestic Irrigation; Watering Can Watering; Works.
4. Section F was added to limit RDNO liability.
5. Section H.1.d. deems it an offence to use water for illegal purposes, as defined by BC and
Canadian general law.
6. Section I.2.b.iii. requires the installation of an approved backflow preventer in any permanent
Underground Irrigation system for the watering of food gardens and/or lawn and aesthetic
gardens. Section I.3.a.i. requires the installation of an approved backflow preventer for bona
fide agricultural water use connections.
7. Section I.3.d. requires properties with both treated and non-treated water available at the
property line to use non-treated water for all bona fide agricultural use.
8. Section M requires a fire hydrant use permit in order to connect to a fire hydrant. Approval
from the RDNO is required to use fire hydrant water for any purpose other than fire fighting.
9. Section Q has been revised to describe offenses of the bylaw that may be enforced by bylaw
enforcement officers. Offenses and their corresponding enforcement measures are delineated.
This section was added to align with the Municipal Ticketing Bylaw, and allows enforcement
tools - such as turning off water or ticketing - by RDNO designated persons. Without this tool,
enforcement would have to be processed through the court system.
10. The bylaw includes Schedule “A” – GVW Water Use Restrictions which include a number of
changes from the previous water restriction stages. The differences include:
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a. Even numbered addresses will be allowed to water on Tuesday, Thursday, and
Saturday. Odd numbered addresses will be allowed to water on Wednesday, Friday,
and Sunday.
b. A new stage, “Normal”, has been added to the restrictions to ensure that the public
recognizes that we are normally in a water restriction due to our dry climate.
c. Stage Two (2) and Three (3) are limited to fewer watering days, which will improve
enforcement ability.
BACKGROUND/HISTORY:
Staff initiated a public consultation process as per the Board of Directors resolution made November
3, 2011:
Moved and seconded by Directors Gavinchuk and Macnabb
That the Greater Vernon Water Utility Drought Management Plan (Update Revised October 2011),
attached as Schedule A, and the Water Restriction Stages, attached as Schedule B, both to the report
dated October 17, 2011 regarding the Drought Management Plan 2011 Update and Water Restriction
Stages, be referred to affected stakeholders, including jurisdictions within the Greater Vernon Water
service area for public consultation.
CARRIED
This consultation focused on using a survey to collect feedback on the proposed water use
restrictions developed by the Drought Response Team. The survey was posted in various public
places, and a meeting was also held to allow the public to complete the survey in person and also ask
questions. The responses supported the direction taken by the Drought Response Team: the water
use restrictions need to change to reflect the Drought Management Plan 2011 Update.
LEGAL/STATUTORY PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS:
A revision to “The Regional District of North Okanagan Ticket Information Authorization By-Law No.
1148, 1993” is required to provide a means for enforcement of non-compliance of water restrictions.
Staff will be presenting an update of the Ticket Information Authorization By-Law to provide the tools
of enforcement.
FINANCIAL/BUDGETARY CONSIDERATIONS:
There are no budget considerations in implementing this bylaw.
EXTERNAL AGENCY/PUBLIC COMMENTS:
It is recommended that the Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 be
referred for comments to various agencies, stakeholders, the City of Vernon and District of
Coldstream for review and comment prior to consideration.
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Report to: Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
From: Engineering
Re: Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014
Submitted by:
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File No.: 3900.2500-2599.2545
March 24, 2014
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Reviewing and Endorsed by:
/
Emma Posluns, M. Sc.
Water Sustainability Coordinator
Endorsed by:
~liti1Eng
General Manager, Engineering
Approved for Inclusion:
cfJi~~
Trafford Hall, Administrator
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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
BYLAW No. 2545
A bylaw to regulate the use of water in the
Greater Vernon Water Service Area
WHEREAS Section 796(1) and 796(2) of the Local Government Act, R.S.B.C., 1996, Chapter 323,
authorizes the Board of a Regional District to operate any service that the Board considers
necessary or desirable for all or part of the Regional District and to regulate in relation to a service;
AND WHEREAS – Section 176(1)(e) of the Local Government Act, R.S.B.C., 1996, Chapter 323
authorizes the Board of a Regional District to delegate its powers, duties and functions to its
officers and employees;
AND WHEREAS the Regional District of North Okanagan has established the Greater Vernon
Water Service Area within:
a. the Corporation of the City of Vernon, the Corporation of the District of Coldstream, and
Electoral Areas "B" and "C" of the Regional District of North Okanagan for the purpose of
providing the local service of regional water supply cited as the “Regional District of North
Okanagan – Greater Vernon Regional Water Supply Local Service Establishment Bylaw No.
1262, 1994”;
b. a portion of Electoral Area "D" of the Regional District of North Okanagan to provide water
supply and distribution; cited as the "Regional District of North Okanagan - Electoral Area "D"
Regional Water Supply and Distribution Local Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1264, 1994".
AND WHEREAS the Board has entered into a Water Supply Agreement with the Corporation of
the Township of Spallumcheen for the supply of water to the Stepping Stones area;
AND WHEREAS the Board is desirous to implement and regulate the use of water in
accordance with the Drought Management Plan, 2011 as amended from time to time;
NOW THEREFORE the Board of the Regional District of North Okanagan in an open meeting
assembled, hereby ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:
A. CITATION
This Bylaw may be cited as “Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545,
2014”.
B. INTERPRETATION
1. Words or phrases defined in the British Columbia Interpretation Act, Community Charter,
or Local Government Act or any successor legislation shall have the same meaning
when used in this Bylaw unless otherwise defined in this Bylaw.
2. The headings contained in this Bylaw are for convenience only and are not to be
construed as defining or in any way limiting the scope or the intent of the provisions of
this Bylaw.
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3. Any act or enactment referred to herein is a reference to an enactment of the Province of
British Columbia and regulations thereto, as amended, revised, consolidated or replaced
from time to time, and any Bylaw referred to herein (as may be cited by short title or
otherwise) is a reference to an enactment of the Board of the Regional District of North
Okanagan, as amended, revised, consolidated or replaced from time to time.
4. If any provision of this Bylaw is held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the
provision may be severed from the Bylaw and such invalidity shall not affect the validity
of the remaining portions of this Bylaw.
5. In accordance with its authority to delegate its powers pursuant to section 176(1)(e) of
the Local Government Act, the Board hereby delegates its discretion and authority in
respect of carrying out this bylaw, as is more particularly set out herein, to the General
Manager, the Bylaw Enforcement Officers and the Authorized Agents.
C. SCHEDULES
The following Schedules are attached to and form part of this Bylaw and are enforceable in
the same manner as this Bylaw:
Schedule “A” – Greater Vernon Water – Water Use Restriction Stages.
D. DEFINITIONS
In this Bylaw, unless the context requires otherwise:
Agricultural Over Consumption Rate means the price of water per cubic metre that is
charged to properties and Contiguous Farms when more than the Allocation Volume is used
during the Irrigation Season in accordance with Schedule “A” of this bylaw.
Agricultural Purposes means the use of water for Bona Fide Agricultural Use, as approved
by the RDNO such as irrigating crops, watering livestock, or irrigating crops for the purpose of
feeding livestock, all of which are to produce goods to be sold or retained for valid commercial
purposes.
Agricultural Rates means the price of water per cubic metre applied to water consumption
on Bona Fide Agricultural Land.
Allocation means the amount of water assigned to a property by the RDNO for Irrigation
purposes. The Allocation, expressed in hectares, determines the maximum flow rate
available to the property, and provides the maximum volume of water permitted per Irrigation
Season before Over Consumption or Off Season Agricultural Water Use rates are imposed.
Authorized Agent includes a person, firm or corporation authorized by the RDNO to act on
its behalf.
Automatic Timing Device means any type of electronic or automated control system that
manages when the irrigation system operates, including but not limited to systems regulated
by timers, soil moisture sensors, or rain sensors.
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Backflow Preventer means an apparatus that is approved by the RDNO or Authorized
Agent and installed in a water system that prevents backflow of Contaminants into the
System.
Board means the Board of Directors of the RDNO.
Bona Fide Agricultural Land means land used for Agricultural Purposes as defined by the
B.C. Assessment Authority, and supplementary criteria approved by the Board from time to
time.
Bona Fide Agricultural Use means water used on Bona Fide Agricultural Land for Crop
Irrigation and/or Stock Watering as needed for a producing farm to meet minimum gross
income requirements for BC Assessment Farm Classification or as income for RDNO Farm
Classification. Does not include water for food processing, washing or cleaning, landscaping or
watering plants used for property beautification as determined by the General Manager or
designate.
Bylaw Enforcement Officer means a Bylaw Enforcement Officer of the City of Vernon,
District of Coldstream, or RDNO, or the person or persons appointed from time to time by
the RDNO to enforce and administer this bylaw.
Contaminant means any physical, chemical, biological or radiological substance or matter
in water which may render the water non-potable, according to regulations of the Province of
British Columbia Drinking Water Protection Act & Regulations.
Contiguous means connected throughout in an unbroken sequence along common
boundaries.
Crop Irrigation means the application of water on lands for nourishing plants sold or used for
valid Agricultural Purposes.
Customer means any person who is the owner or occupier, or agent for the owner or
occupier of any premises or land or equipment to which water is supplied by GVW, and who
is liable to pay charges for water supply or water service, including service from fire hydrants
or truck fill stations.
Domestic Use means the use of water for household requirements, sanitation, fire
protection, the watering of domestic animals, and backyard poultry and the irrigation of a
Food Garden or Lawn and Aesthetic Garden, pool use and any other residential ancillary
use.
Drip Irrigation means the use of a network of pipes and control flow emitters that carry a
low flow of water under low pressure for watering of plants that supplies water directly to the
root zone of the plant without noticeable water waste.
Drought Management Plan means the GVW Drought Management Plan adopted by the
Board in 2011 and as amended from time to time.
Flow Regulator means a water flow controller of a type and capacity approved by the
RDNO.
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Food Garden means non-commercial gardens used for the production of food.
Garden Ponds, Aesthetic Fountains, and Water Features means any human-made water
retention structure or device meant for aesthetic purposes not used for swimming or drinking
water.
General Manager means the person appointed to the position of General Manager of
Engineering for the Greater Vernon Water Service and shall include any person designated
by the RDNO to act on behalf of the General Manager;
Greater Vernon Water Service means the water service created by the Regional District of
North Okanagan – Greater Vernon Regional Water Supply Local Service Establishment Bylaw
No. 1262, 1994, and amendments made thereto.
Greater Vernon Water or GVW means the Greater Vernon Water Service.
Handheld Sprinkling means watering by a person actively holding a watering can or hose
with an attached nozzle device; the attached nozzle device must have a manual or spring
loaded shut-off so when it is not being held the flow of water stops.
Irrigation means the application of water on lands for nourishing plants.
Lawn and Aesthetic Garden means landscaped areas used for the purpose of passive
recreation or aesthetic enjoyment on private or public property. Does not include planted areas
used for a Food Garden.
Irrigation Season means the five (5) month period from approximately mid April to Mid
September, as may be modified by drought or other conditions as determined by the RDNO
from time to time.
Manual Sprinklers means a sprinkler that is attached by hose to a water source supplied by
GVW and must be positioned by hand, including but not limited to oscillating, impact, ring,
circle, impulse, rotary, revolving, and pulse sprinklers.
Micro Jet Irrigation means a low volume and pressure efficient spray irrigation system, also
known as micro spray irrigation, through which water spray is directed close to the ground and
plant roots.
New Lawns and Landscaping means plants that have been recently planted and do not
have established root systems. This includes turf and sod, as well as direct grass seeding, to
create lawn areas.
Non Domestic Use means the use of water for services that are not Domestic or Bona Fide
Agricultural Use, including but not limited to congregate care facilities, parks, commercial,
institutional, industrial and mixed use.
Off Season Agricultural Water Use means water consumed outside of the Irrigation Season
on Bona Fide Agricultural Land.
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Plants for Sale means any plant displayed for sale at a commercial business, which includes
nurseries, seasonal sales, and garden centres. This includes but is not limited to both
aesthetic plants (flowers, shrubs, trees) and food plants (fruit, herb, or vegetable). This
definition does not include plants being grown on Bona Fide Agricultural Lands.
Premises means any real property and buildings on the real property.
Property means real property and includes land, together with all improvements which have
been so affixed to the land so as to make them in fact and in law a part thereof.
RDNO means the Regional District of North Okanagan.
Sprinkle or Sprinkling means the application or distribution of water by sprinkling or
spraying for Irrigation purposes, but does not include the methods known as Drip Irrigation,
Micro Jet Irrigation, or Hand watering.
Stock Watering means the use of water for watering farm animals, including poultry on land
that has been approved as Bona Fide Agricultural Land.
Stock Watering Trough means a water basin, bowl or sink that is supplied with water and
is automatically and continually filled with water without the operation of a manual valve or
other manually operated device.
System means the Water Works infrastructure owned, operated and maintained by the RDNO
or an Authorized Agent in the service area of GVW, by which water is supplied to its
customers.
Tamper means to introduce a contaminant into a public water system with the intention of
harming persons; or to otherwise interfere with the operation of a public water system, water
meter, or hydrant with the intention of circumventing regulations or harming persons.
Underground Irrigation means an irrigation system that has underground distribution pipes
installed along with permanently installed sprinkler heads.
Water means the water supplied by GVW.
Water Service means the supply of water from GVW to any customer.
Water Service Connection means the water service pipe, valve, and other appurtenances
extending from the water distribution main to the boundary of the property being served.
Watering Can means a non-pressurized container used for watering plants by a person
pouring by hand.
Water Meter means a device owned and maintained by the RDNO to measure the quantity of
water used by a customer.
Water Works means all of the components of the System and includes anything capable or
useful for diverting, storing, measuring, delivering, supplying, conveying, conserving, retarding,
confining or using water.
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E. APPLICATION
This Bylaw applies to the Greater Vernon Water Service Area.
F. RDNO NOT LIABLE
1. RDNO supplies water to customers on the condition that RDNO is not liable for any
injury, damage or loss, including economic loss, to any person or property at any time
caused by or resulting from:
a. the use of water from the System;
b. any impurity;
c. lack of adequate supply or flow;
d. interruption of supply;
e. increased or decreased water pressure;
f.
any other condition or matter affecting the supply or quality of water.
2. RDNO does not guarantee a specific water pressure, a specific quality of water, or
continuous supply of water to meet the special requirements of any customer or other
user of water. RDNO does not accept responsibility at any time for the maintenance of
pressure in its water mains or for increases or decreases in pressure.
3. RDNO reserves the right at any and all times, and without notice, to change operating
water pressure, source water supply, water quality, or otherwise interrupt or shut off the
water supply for the purposes of making repairs, extensions, alterations, improvements,
or for any other reason, or to increase or reduce pressure.
4. RDNO is not liable for damage to private property caused by water main breaks or leaks
on the System.
5. RDNO is not liable for any damage to property or water loss due to failure of privately
owned water infrastructure.
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G. CONDITIONS OF WATER SERVICE
1. No water shall be delivered to, or used upon any land in respect of which there are
outstanding fees owing to the RDNO except as authorized by the General Manager.
2. RDNO shall have the right to limit or discontinue the supply of water to any customer or
to limit the hours during which water may be used if, in the opinion of RDNO,
circumstances deem such action to be warranted due to a shortage of water, system
malfunction, infrastructure capacity limitations or where the imposition of restrictions is in
the public interest.
3. Customers dependent upon a continuous and uninterrupted supply of water, or having
processes or equipment that require clear or pure water shall provide, at their own cost,
such emergency storage, over-size piping, pumps and tanks, filters, pressure regulators,
check valves, additional water service pipes, or other means for a continuous and
adequate supply of water suitable to their requirements; such equipment shall be
equipped with the appropriate cross connection control devices as required by GVWU
Cross Connection Control Regulation Bylaw No. 2106, 2005, as amended.
4. No interruption in supply of water to a customer shall entitle that customer to a reduction
in user charges unless otherwise specifically provided for in this Bylaw.
H. WATER USE REGULATIONS
1. It shall be an offence for any person to:
a. use an excessive or unnecessary quantity of water, or allow water to run to waste,
whether wilfully or by allowing leaky, imperfect, defective or improper taps, pipes,
meters, indicators or other fixtures to remain in disrepair;
b. sell, give, take away or dispose of water obtained from the System, except for
commercial resale of: bottled water, liquids containing water, or water obtained from
RDNO truck fill stations;
c. use domestic water for Non-Domestic Use on properties zoned residential unless
permitted by RDNO;
d. use water for any illegal purposes as defined by BC and Canadian general law;
e. use water supplied at Agricultural Rates for any other purpose except for Agricultural
Purposes;
f.
increase by any device the amount of water that person is allowed pursuant to this
Bylaw;
g. use water, or have the immediate capability of using water through means of a
connected valve or other device which bypasses a RDNO water meter, or tamper
with a water meter;
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h. open, shut, or regulate any pipe, valve, measuring device, or any other item of the
System. Water Works can only be maintained or operated by an Authorized Agent,
or employee of the RDNO;
i.
do anything to knowingly or unknowingly allow Contaminants to enter the System;
j.
use water in contradiction of Schedule “A” – Greater Vernon Water – Water Use
Restriction Stages;
k. fail to install the required devices as outlined in Section 9 below;
l.
exceed approved flow rate as outlined in Section 9 below;
m. obstruct a water meter.
I.
WATER SERVICE
1. The following conditions apply to all Water Service uses listed in I.2 – 1.3 below:
a.
All water services shall be metered;
b.
Applications for the installation of a service connection shall be made to the RDNO
or its Authorized Agent.
c.
All equipment and materials used in completing the connection to the premises or to
the property being served shall be to the standards required by the RDNO.
d.
In no case shall the installation or construction of a service connection be covered until
it is inspected and tested by the RDNO. Applications for inspection shall be made at
the RDNO or Authorized Agent office.
e.
Responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the connection downstream of
the RDNO valve referred to in I.1.b., shall be that of the Customer.
f.
When an application has been approved and all necessary installation charges
have been paid by the applicant, the RDNO or its Authorized Agent will install the
connection from the main to the boundary to be served. The connection will
terminate with a valve, and the maintenance of the connection and the valve will
become the responsibility of the RDNO.
g.
Each property that fronts a main requires a service connection.
h.
Properties that do not front a main and are proposing to be serviced with a water
connection from an adjacent property that does front a GVW main, the arrangement
must be approved by the RDNO and the water line must be protected by an
easement or right-of-way which is to include a restrictive covenant in favour of
RDNO such that the easement or right-of-way may not be discharged from title
unless RDNO consents.
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2. Water Service for Domestic and Non Domestic Uses:
a.
Completion of the connection to the premises or the property to be served shall be
arranged by the Customer at his cost, and will include a shut off valve, a pressure
reducing valve, and a meter.
b.
Installations of permanent Underground Irrigation systems for the watering of Food
Gardens and/or Lawn and Aesthetic Gardens shall:
i.
be controlled by an Automatic Timing Device.
ii.
have an approved flow regulator installed on the pipeline supplying the irrigation
system limiting the flow rate to a maximum of 0.78 litres per second per
connection.
iii.
have an approved Backflow Preventer installed prior to use.
c.
The maximum depth of water to be applied to a property with Allocation for a Non
Domestic Use shall not exceed 0.55 metres of water per hectare of Allocation
annually.
d.
Notwithstanding Section I.2.c. above, the RDNO may approve an increase to the
maximum flow rate for a Non Domestic Use, such that the increased flow rate is
inversely proportional to a reduced daily irrigation period, up to a maximum flow rate
of 3.12 litres per second per hectare of Allocation over a six hour per day irrigation
period.
3. Water Service for Bona Fide Agricultural Use:
a.
Completion of the connection to the premises or the property to be served shall be
arranged by the Customer at his cost, and will include:
i.
ii.
a shut off valve, meter, approved Backflow Preventer and if necessary a pressure
reducing valve, flow regulator and/or meter pit within one (1) metre of the property
line.
Stock Watering may require additional appurtenances as required by RDNO such
as a shut off valve, flow regulator, pressure reducing valve, meter, drain, fully
insulated frost proof float valve system and/or Stock Watering Trough with
auxiliary heat.
b.
shall be metered separately from water metered for Domestic Use and other nonagricultural uses; and at no time shall the maximum flow rate exceed 0.78 litres per
second per hectare of Allocation or 0.13 litres per second for each Stock Watering
Trough.
c.
The maximum depth of water to be applied to a property with Allocation for a Non
Domestic Use shall not exceed 0.55 metres of water per hectare of Allocation
annually.
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d. Properties that have both treated and non-treated water from the RDNO available at
the property line must use non-treated water for all Bona Fide Agricultural Use
unless approved by the General Manager. If treated water is used for Bona Fide
Agricultural Use on properties where non-treated water is available as determined by
the General Manager, non-agricultural rates for water use will apply.
e. At the discretion and approval of the RDNO, a customer who farms two (2) or more
Contiguous parcels of land may be allowed to add together the Allocation for each
parcel to compute the total flow rate, and the customer may use the total volume
permitted by the total Allocation on the said combined lands.
f.
Customers may make an application to the RDNO to purchase Allocation for an area
larger than their actual property size. The application must contain a report signed
by a registered professional Agrologist certifying as to some special condition
existing on the farm lands rendering additional Allocation necessary for the
successful farming of such lands. The RDNO may accept, reject, or modify the
application as the RDNO deems fair and equitable, and must consider the RDNO’s
ability to supply the additional flow.
g. The RDNO, in granting any additional Allocation, may prescribe special terms and
conditions.
h. With the exception of property served with non potable irrigation water, all agricultural
irrigation and Stock Watering connections must have an approved Backflow Preventer
installed prior to use or seasonal turn on. Properties with both non potable irrigation and
potable domestic water must install an approved Backflow Preventer on the treated
source prior to use.
J. WATER RESTRICTION STAGES
1.
The imposition of restrictions on the use of water will be at the discretion of the General
Manager or designate. The restriction stages are defined in Schedule “A” - GVW Water
Use Restrictions.
2.
The restriction stage “Normal”, as described in Schedule “A”, is the default water
restriction in place at all times unless a different restriction stage is authorized by the
General Manager or designate.
3.
Notwithstanding Sections J.1 and J.2, the General Manager or designate may impose a
different water restriction stage, or further restrictions not set out in Schedule “A” for use
of water for irrigation or any other purpose, in the event of a disaster, emergency, water
contamination or System malfunction. Upon receiving due notice of such restriction, no
person shall use water for the purpose forbidden or in excess of allotment imposed by
such restriction.
K. NOTICE OF WATER RESTRICTIONS
1. Notice of prohibiting, restricting, or limiting the use of water shall be provided by the
RDNO or its authorized agents.
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2. The water use restrictions outlined in Schedule “A” - GVW Water Use Restriction of this
Bylaw are in effect at all times unless notice of a change in water use restrictions is
provided in accordance with this Bylaw.
3. Notice of a change in water use restrictions shall be deemed to be given and to be
served upon all customers by publication of such notice on the RDNO website, in a local
newspaper, and broadcast through a radio or television station broadcasting in the area
not less than 36 hours prior to the change.
4. Notwithstanding Sections K.1 to K.3, the General Manager or designate may in the
event of a disaster, emergency, water contamination, or System malfunction, waive the
requirements for prior notification. The RDNO will make all reasonable efforts to
distribute the emergency notice as soon as possible.
L. USE OF WATER FOR WASHING STREETS
It shall be an offense for any person, other than a duly authorized municipal contractor or
employee in the course of their duties, to use water for the purpose of washing any street, lane
or public thoroughfare, except as authorized by RDNO.
M. TEMPORARY USE OF FIRE HYDRANTS
It shall be an offence for any person to:
1.
connect to, cause to be connected to, or allow to remain connected, any piping, fixture,
fitting, container or appliance, to a Fire Hydrant, stand pipe or any other temporary
Service Connection without first obtaining a Fire Hydrant Use Permit;
2.
use water from a fire hydrant for any purpose other than fire fighting unless approved by
the RDNO;
3.
tamper with a fire hydrant.
N. NON-COMPLIANCE WITH WATER USE REGULATIONS OR RESTRICTIONS
1. As a condition of providing water service:
a. Any authorized agent employed by the RDNO shall have at any time the right to
enter upon any land within the Greater Vernon Water Service for the purpose of
carrying out duties authorized in the Bylaw, or any lawful enquiries or investigations,
and such duties may include the periodic check of water being used for any
purpose, the actual measurement of water being used, and the investigation of
sprinkler nozzles, flow regulators, water meters, backflow prevention devices, or
other device connected or having the potential to be connected to the System.
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b. It shall be an offence for any person to obstruct any authorized agent employed by
the RDNO carrying out duties authorized in the Bylaw, or any lawful enquiries or
investigations.
c. RDNO may fine a customer or shut off a customer’s water service that includes
water supplied for the primary purpose of drinking water, food preparation, toilet
flushing, showering, and personal hygiene if that customer has used water in
contradiction of Schedule “A” - Greater Vernon Water – Water Use Restriction
Stages.
2. In the event that a water service to a customer is shut off, in accordance with Section
N.1.c, the customer may apply to have the water service reinstated on condition that the
customer pays applicable fines, fees and charges.
3. Notwithstanding Section N.1, the General Manager or designate may order immediate
disconnection of water supply to any customer if there is reason to believe that the
condition of a customer supply line poses a reasonable threat of contamination to the
Water supplied by the System or impedes the functioning of the Water Works.
O. EMERGENCY ACTION
RDNO, or its authorized agent, may enter upon any land and take action as warranted in case
of an emergency associated with the Water Works such as a water line break, a water quality
issue, or a System malfunction. It shall be an offense for any person to obstruct RDNO, or its
authorized agent.
P. ENFORCEMENT – GENERAL
1.
This bylaw may be enforced by Bylaw Enforcement Officers, and notwithstanding
anything contained in this bylaw or any other bylaw to the contrary, the Bylaw
Enforcement Officers, while exercising their duties, shall be exempt from the provisions
thereof.
2.
No action or other proceeding for damages lies against a Bylaw Enforcement Officer for
any act done or omitted to be done in good faith
a. in the performance or the intended performance of any duty, or;
b. in the exercise or the intended exercise of any power, or;
c. under this bylaw, or for any neglect or default in the performance or exercise in
good faith of that duty or power.
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Q. OFFENCE AND PENALTY
1.
Every person who violates any of the provisions of this Bylaw or who suffers or permits
any act or thing to be done in contravention or in violation of any of the provisions of this
Bylaw, or who neglects to do or refrains from doing anything required to be done by any
of the provisions of this Bylaw, is guilty of an offence against this Bylaw and shall be
liable to:
a. a ticket and fine as set out in The Regional District of North Okanagan Ticket
Information Authorization By-Law No. 1148, 1993; or
b. on summary conviction, to the penalities provided for in the Offence Act, and to a fine
of not less than $200.00 and not more than $2000.00 for each offence together with
the costs of conviction.
2.
Each day that an offence against this Bylaw is caused, or allowed to continue,
constitutes a separate and distinct offence.
3.
Any penality imposed pursuant to this Bylaw shall be in addition to, and not in
substitution for, any other penalty or remedy imposed pursuant to any other applicable
statute, law or legislation.
REPEAL
Upon final adoption of this Bylaw the following Bylaws are hereby repealed:
1. Bylaw No. 2248, being the “Regional District of North Okanagan Water Restrictions
Bylaw No. 2248, 2010” and all amendments thereto; and
2. Bylaw No. 305 being the “Vernon Irrigation District Bylaw No. 305”, and all amendments
thereto.
Read a First Time this
day of
2014.
Read a Second Time this
day of
2014.
Read a Third Time this
day of
2014.
ADOPTED this
day of
2014.
CHAIR
CORPORATE OFFICER
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SCHEDULE "A" attached to and
GVAC
- REGULAR
AGENDA
forming part of Bylaw
No.
2545, 2014
April 3, 2014 / ITEM E.2
Greater Vernon Water- Water Use Restriction
Stages
NORMAL
Residential Water Use
Restrictions
DESCRIPTION: Represents normal (i.e. average) conditions DESCRIPTION: Represents below normal conditions for
for local area. Water use restrictions focus on water use
local area. Water use restrictions focus on water use
efficiencies and drought awareness.
efficiencies intended to reduce water use by roughly 10%.
If triggered by drought, represents early drought (drier than
average) conditions for local area.
ACTIVITY
A
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
STAGE 2
STAGE 3
STAGE 4
DESCRIPTION: Represents low water supply conditions for local
area. Water use restrictions are necessary to sufficiently reduce
water demand. Intended to reduce water use by roughly 20%. If
triggered by drought, represents moderate drought conditions.
DESCRIPTION: Represents very low water supply
conditions. Water use restrictions are necessary to
maintain supplies during a period of critical water shortage.
Intended to reduce water use by roughly 50%. If triggered
by drought, represents severe drought conditions for local
area.
DESCRIPTION:Strict water use restrictions are necessary
to maintain critical supply. Intended to reduce water use by
90%. Represents an emergency loss of supply during
which water is spared for consumptive and sanitary
purposes only.
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
Lawn and Aesthetic
Watering allowed between 6am-10am and 7pm-12am up Watering allowed between 6am-10am and 7pm-12am up Watering allowed between 6am-10am and 7pm-12am, up to 2 Watering allowed between 6am-10am and 7pm-12am, 1
Garden Watering - Manual
to 3 days per week.
to 3 days per week.
days per week.
day per week.
Sprinklers
Odd Address Schedule Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Even Address Schedule Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
B
STAGE 1
Lawn and Aesthetic
Garden Watering Watering allowed between 12am-6am up to 3 days per
Automatic Timer Sprinkler week.
Systems
Odd Address Schedule Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Even Address Schedule Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Tuesday & Saturday
Saturday
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Wednesday & Sunday
Sunday
Watering allowed between 12am -6am up to 3 days per
week.
Watering allowed between 12am -6am, up to 2 days per week. Watering allowed between 12am -6am, 1 day per week.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Tuesday & Saturday
Saturday
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Wednesday & Sunday
Sunday
Watering allowed Tuesdays & Fridays between 7pm10am.
Use of GVW supplied water for all forms of aesthetic lawn
and garden watering is prohibited.
C
Lawn and Aesthetic
Garden Watering - Micro
Jet or Drip Irrigation
Anytime
Watering allowed any day between 7pm-10am .
Watering allowed up to 3 days a week as per Stage 1
odd/even Lawn Sprinkling restriction days (Line A) between
7pm-10am.
D
Lawn and Aesthetic
Garden Watering Handheld Sprinkling
(spring-loaded nozzle on
hose or watering can)
Anytime
Anytime
Watering allowed up to 3 days a week as per Stage 1
Watering allowed Wednesdays & Sundays between 6amodd/even Manual Sprinkler restrictions (Line A) between 6am10am & 7pm-12am.
10am & 5pm-12am.
E
New (non-established)
Lawns and Landscaping
Sprinkling
Follow supplier recommended watering schedule. After
installation (2 weeks for Sod or 6 weeks for Seeded
Lawns) resume watering as per Lawn & Aesthetic Garden
Watering restrictions for your irrigation system (Lines AD).
Follow supplier recommended watering schedule.
Recommended that seeding start no later than May 31 or
after Sept. 1. After installation (2 weeks for Sod or 6
weeks for Seeded Lawns) resume watering as per Stage
1 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering restrictions for your
irrigation system (Lines A-D).
RDNO sprinkling permit required. Sod requires 2 week permit
to be displayed on lawn. Seeding must start before April 30 or
after Sept. 1 and requires a 6 week permit to be displayed on
lawn. After permit period, resume watering as per Stage 2
Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Sprinkling restrictions for your
irrigation system (Lines A-D).
No new permits issued for seeded lawns. Placement of
sod may take place with sprinkling permit not to exceed 2
No new permits issued or renewed. Use of water
week period. After permit period, resume watering as per
supplied by GVW prohibited.
Stage 3 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Sprinkling restrictions
for your irrigation system (Lines A-D).
F
Food Gardens and Fruit
Trees/Shrubs
Follow Lawn and Aesthetic Garden Watering restrictions, Follow Stage 1Lawn and Aesthetic Garden Watering
as noted above (Lines A-D), for the irrigation system in
restrictions (Lines A-D above) for the irrigation system in
use.
use.
Follow Stage 1Lawn and Aesthetic Garden Watering
restrictions (Lines A-D above) for the irrigation system in use.
Watering allowed Tuesdays & Fridays between 6am –
10am and 7pm to 12am, as required to maintain plant
health.
G
Garden Ponds, Aesthetic
Fountains, and Water
Features
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times
specified for Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual
Sprinkling (Line A).
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times specified for
Filling and refilling with water supplied by GVW is
specified for Stage 1 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering- Stage 2 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual Sprinkling
prohibited.
Manual Sprinkling (Line A).
(Line A).
Filling and refilling with water supplied by GVW is
prohibited.
H
Pools
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times
specified for Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual
Sprinkling (Line A).
Filling and refilling is permitted on days specified for Stage 2
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times
Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual Sprinkling (Line
specified for Stage 1 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden WateringA). Topping up only from June 15-Aug. 31 unless pool has
Manual Sprinkling (Line A).
cartridge filter.
Topping up allowed once per week on Wednesday.
Filling and refilling are prohibited unless pool has
cartridge filter - then filling/re-filling allowed on
Wednesdays.
Filling, topping up, and refilling with water supplied by
GVW is prohibited.
I
Cleaning Outdoor
Washing with spring-loaded nozzel for health and safety
Surfaces (driveways,
Use a broom, device or hose with a spring-loaded nozzle, Use a broom, device or hose with a spring-loaded nozzle,
purposes or to prepare a surface for painting or similar
or mop and bucket.
sidewalks, decks, artificial or mop and bucket.
treatment. Washing for aesthetic purposes is prohibited.
turf, patios)
Washing with spring-loaded nozzel for health and safety
reasons only. Washing for aesthetic purposes is
prohibited.
All forms of cleaning of outdoor surfaces with GVW water
are prohibited unless ordered by a regulatory authority
(i.e. WCB, public health inspector, etc.).
J
Vehicle (boat/
automobile/ATV/ etc.)
Washing
No washing or rinsing except for safety purposes
(windows, lights, licenses).
No washing or rinsing with GVW water except for safety
purposes (windows, lights, licenses).
Use a bucket with cloth or sponge, or visit a water wise
commercial car wash.
Use a bucket with cloth or sponge, or visit a water wise
commercial car wash.
Use a bucket with cloth or sponge, or visit a water wise
commercial car wash.
Use of water supplied by GVW prohibited.
* These restrictions are for water supplied by GVWU only. They do not apply to the use of reclaimed or recycled water, greywater, rainwater harvested by the customer, or any other sources of water not supplied by GVWU. Customers are
encouraged to utilize rainwater for appropriate uses such as garden irrigation.
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AGENDA
forming part of Bylaw
No.
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April 3, 2014 / ITEM E.2
Greater Vernon Water- Water Use Restriction
Stages
NORMAL
Commercial Water Use
Restrictions**
DESCRIPTION: Represents normal (i.e. average) conditions for DESCRIPTION: Represents below normal conditions for local
local area. Water use restrictions focus on water use efficiencies area. Water use restrictions focus on water use efficiencies
and drought awareness.
intended to reduce water use by roughly 10%. If triggered by
drought, represents early drought (drier than average)
conditions for local area.
ACTIVITY
A
Lawn, Aesthetic Garden, and
Plants for Sale - Manual
Sprinkling
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
Watering allowed between 6am-10am and 7pm-12am up to
3 days per week.
Odd Address Schedule Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Even Address Schedule Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
B
Lawn, Aesthetic Garden, and
Plants for Sale -Automatic
Timer Sprinkler Systems
STAGE 1
Watering allowed between 12am-6am up to 3 days per week.
Odd Address Schedule Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Even Address Schedule Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
STAGE 2
STAGE 3
STAGE 4
DESCRIPTION: Represents low water supply conditions for
local area. Water use restrictions are necessary to sufficiently
reduce water demand. Intended to reduce water use by roughly
20%. If triggered by drought, represents moderate drought
conditions.
DESCRIPTION: Represents very low water supply conditions. Water use
restrictions are necessary to maintain supplies during a period of critical water
shortage. Intended to reduce water use by roughly 50%. If triggered by
drought, represents severe drought conditions for local area.
DESCRIPTION:Strict water use restrictions are necessary to
maintain critical supply. Intended to reduce water use by 90%.
Represents an emergency loss of supply during which water is
spared for consumptive and sanitary purposes only.
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
Watering allowed between 6am-10am and 7pm-12am up to
3 days per week.
Watering allowed between 6am-10am and 7pm-12am, up to
Watering allowed between 6am-10am and 7pm-12am, 1 day per week.
2 days per week.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Tuesday & Saturday
Saturday
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Wednesday & Sunday
Sunday
Watering allowed between 12am -6am up to 3 days per
week.
Watering allowed between 12am -6am, up to 2 days per
week.
Watering allowed between 12am -6am, 1 day per week.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Tuesday & Saturday
Saturday
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Wednesday & Sunday
Sunday
Watering allowed Wednesday & Friday between 7pm-10am.
Use of GVW supplied water for all forms of aesthetic lawn
and garden watering is prohibited.
C
Lawn, Aesthetic Garden, and
Plants for Sale - Micro Jet or
Drip Irrigation
Anytime
Watering allowed any day between 7pm-10am .
Watering allowed up to 3 days a week as per Stage 1
odd/even Lawn Sprinkling restriction days between 7pm10am (Line A).
D
Lawn, Aesthetic Garden, and
Plants for Sale - Handheld
Sprinkling (spring-loaded
nozzle on hose or watering
can)
Anytime
Anytime
Hand watering of potted plants can be done any day between
Hand watering of potted plants is allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, & Sunday
6am-10am & 5pm-12am. In-gound plant watering is allowed
between 6am-10am & 7pm-12am. In-ground plant watering is allowed up to
up to 3 days per week as per Stage 1 Manual Sprinkling
2 days per week as per Stage 2 Manual Sprinkling restrictions (Line A).
restrictions (Line A).
E
New (non-established) Lawns
and Landscaping Sprinkling
Follow supplier recommended watering schedule. After
installation (2 weeks for Sod or 6 weeks for Seeded Lawns)
resume watering as per Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering
restrictions for your irrigation system (Lines A-D).
Follow supplier recommended watering schedule.
Recommended that seeding start no later than May 31 or
after Sept. 1. After installation (2 weeks for Sod or 6 weeks
for Seeded Lawns) resume watering as per Stage 1 Lawn &
Aesthetic Garden Watering restrictions for your irrigation
system (Lines A-D).
RDNO sprinkling permit required. Sod requires 2 week
permit to be displayed on lawn. Seeding must start before
April 30 or after Sept. 1 and requires a 6 week permit to be
displayed on lawn. After permit period, resume watering as
per Stage 2 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Sprinkling restrictions
for your irrigation system (Lines A-D).
No new permits issued for seeded lawns. Placement of sod may take place
with sprinkling permit not to exceed 2 week period. After permit period,
No new permits issued or renewed. Use of water supplied by
resume watering as per Stage 3 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Sprinkling
GVW prohibited.
restrictions for your irrigation system (Lines A-D).
F
Garden Ponds, Aesthetic
for Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual Sprinkling
Fountains, and Water Features (Line A).
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times specified
for Stage 1 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual
Sprinkling (Line A).
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times specified
for Stage 2 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual
Sprinkling (Line A).
Filling and refilling with water supplied by GVW is prohibited.
Filling and refilling with water supplied by GVW is prohibited.
G
Pools
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times specified
for Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual Sprinkling
(Line A).
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times specified
for Stage 1 Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual
Sprinkling (Line A).
Filling and refilling is permitted on days specified for Stage 2
Lawn & Aesthetic Garden Watering-Manual Sprinkling (Line
A). Topping up only from June 15-Aug. 31 unless pool has
cartridge filter.
Topping up allowed once per week on Wednesday. Filling and refilling are
prohibited unless pool has cartridge filter - then filling/re-filling allowed on
Wednesdays.
Filling, topping up, and refilling with water supplied by GVW is
prohibited.
H
Cleaning Outdoor Surfaces
(driveways, sidewalks, decks,
artificial turf, patios)
Use a broom, device or hose with a spring-loaded nozzle, or
mop and bucket.
Use a broom, device or hose with a spring-loaded nozzle, or
mop and bucket.
Hosing with spring-loaded nozzel for health and safety
purposes or to prepare a surface for painting or similar
treatment. Washing for aesthetic purposes is prohibited.
Hosing with spring-loaded nozzel for health and safety reasons only.
Washing for aesthetic purposes is prohibited.
All forms of hosing of outdoor surfaces with GVW water are
prohibited unless ordered by a regulatory authority (i.e. WCB,
public health inspector, etc.).
I
Vehicle Washing - including
commercial operations,
dealerships, fleets
Use a commercial car wash or hose equipped with springloaded nozzle.
Use a commercial car wash or hose equipped with springloaded nozzle. Conveyorized/automatic car wash facilities
should strive to be water wise as per industry standards.
Car washes using recycled water systems may continue to
No washing or rinsing of vehicles and pleasure crafts, except
Spring-loaded nozzle or wand wash permitted for health and safety
operate with no restrictions. Conveyorized/automatic car
wash facilities should strive to be water wise as per industry purposes only. Car washes using recycled water systems may continue to spot cleaning with sponge and bucket for health and safety
reasons (windows, lights, license plates).
standards- shorten wash times. Wand wash or washing with operate if wash times are shortened.
spring-loaded nozzle is permitted.
J
Golf courses
Irrigation should only occur between 7pm-6am.
Reduce watering of fairways to three days per week as per
Line B restriction times.
Reduce watering of greens and tees. Fairway watering limited No watering permitted for fairways. Minimal watering only for tees and
greens.
to two days per week as per Line B restriction times.
K
Artificial turf and outdoor
Cleaning, with a hose or sprinkler, permitted for health and
tracks (i.e. Bicycle, motorcycle,
safety only. Use spring-loaded nozzle.
and running tracks)
Cleaning, with a hose or sprinkler, permitted for health and
safety only. Use spring-loaded nozzle.
Cleaning, with a hose or sprinkler, permitted for health and
safety only. Use spring-loaded nozzle.
Filling and refilling is permitted on days and times specified
All forms of watering are prohibited.
All forms of cleaning of outdoor surfaces with GVW water are
Cleaning, with a hose or sprinkler, permitted for health and safety only. Use
prohibited unless ordered by a regulatory authority (i.e. WCB,
spring-loaded nozzle.
public health inspector, etc.).
* These restrictions are for water supplied by GVWU only. They do not apply to the use of reclaimed or recycled water, greywater, rainwater harvested by the customer, or any other sources of water not supplied by GVWU. Customers are encouraged to utilize
rainwater for appropriate uses such as garden irrigation.
** These restrictions apply to all businesses supplied by the RDNO-GVW. Any activity relating to irrigation, including the watering of plants for sale (nursery stock) or cemetaries, is required to adhere to the restrictions as they apply to the type of irrigation used by the
business.
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SCHEDULE "A" attached to and
GVAC
- REGULAR
AGENDA
forming part of Bylaw
No.
2545, 2014
April 3, 2014 / ITEM E.2
Greater Vernon Water- Water Use Restriction
Stages
NORMAL
Public Institutional
Water Use
Restrictions
DESCRIPTION: Represents normal (i.e. average)
conditions for local area. Water use restrictions focus
on water use efficiencies and drought awareness.
ACTIVITY
A
School Yards, Sports
Fields, and Sandbased Playing Fields
B
Water Spray Parks
and Indoor/Outdoor
Pools
C
Aesthetic Fountains
and Water Features
D
Municipal Parks and
Cemetaries
E
Municipal Ornamental
Lawns and Grassed
Boulevards
F
Municipal Water Main
Flushing and Hydrant
Maintenance
G
Artificial Turf and
Outdoor Tracks (i.e.
bicycle, motorcycle
and running tracks)
STAGE 1
DESCRIPTION: Represents below normal conditions for
DESCRIPTION: Represents low water supply conditions for local
local area. Water use restrictions focus on water use
area. Water use restrictions are necessary to sufficiently reduce
efficiencies intended to reduce water use by roughly 10%. If water demand. Intended to reduce water use by roughly 20%. If
triggered by drought, represents early drought (drier than triggered by drought, represents moderate drought conditions.
average) conditions for local area.
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
Avoid irrigation between 10am-7pm.
STAGE 2
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
STAGE 3
STAGE 4
DESCRIPTION: Represents very low water supply
conditions. Water use restrictions are necessary to maintain
supplies during a period of critical water shortage. Intended
to reduce water use by roughly 50%. If triggered by
drought, represents severe drought conditions for local
area.
DESCRIPTION:Strict water use restrictions are necessary
to maintain critical supply. Intended to reduce water use by
90%. Represents an emergency loss of supply during
which water is spared for consumptive and sanitary
purposes only.
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
Limit irrigation to 3 times per week (Tuesday, Thursday,
Saturday) and avoid irrigation between 10am-7pm.
Limit irrigation to 2 times per week (Tuesday & Saturday) and
avoid irrigation between 10am-7pm.
Irrigate 1 day/week at minimum levels permitted to
maintain areas in useable condition.
All forms of irrigation are prohibited.
Recirculating pool water only.
No restrictions on spray parks with user-activated switches.
Other spray parks must be turned off from 8pm-9am. Filling,
refilling and topping is permitted two days per week (Tuesday &
Thursday) between 6am-10am & 7pm-12am.
No restrictions on spray parks with user-activated
Water parks shut down. Municipal outdoor pools closed.
switches. Other spray parks must be turned off from 8pm9am. Filling and refilling is not permitted. Topping is
permitted one day per week between 6am-10am & 7pm12am.
Recirculating water only.
Recirculating water only.
No filling or refilling permitted unless using recycled/reclaimed
water or rainwater. To avoid health and safety problems drain
and use water to irrigate landscaping.
Avoid irrigation between 10am-7pm.
Limit irrigation to 3 times per week and avoid irrigation
between 10am-7pm.
Irrigation allowed 2 days per week, (Tuesday & Thursday)
between 7pm-6am.
Filling and refilling are prohibited. To avoid health and
safety problems drain and use water to irrigate
landscaping.
Filling and refilling are prohibited. To avoid health and
safety problems drain and use water to irrigate
landscaping.
Irrigate 1 day/week - minimum levels permitted to
maintain areas in useable condition.
All forms of irrigation are prohibited.
Avoid irrigation between 10am-7pm.
Limit irrigation to 3 times per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Two days per week, (Tuesday & Thursday) between 7 pm and 6 Irrigate 1 day/week - minimum levels permitted to
am.
Saturday), between 7pm-6am, except where Parks
maintain areas in useable condition.
Department is authorized for safety and security reasons.
All forms of irrigation are prohibited.
No restrictions.
No restrictions.
Only for unscheduled safety or public health reasons. No
routine flushing.
Only for unscheduled safety or public health reasons. No Only for unscheduled safety or public health reason. No
routine flushing.
routine flushing.
Cleaning, with a hose or sprinkler, permitted for
health and safety only. Use spring-loaded nozzle.
Cleaning, with a hose or sprinkler, permitted for health
and safety only. Use spring-loaded nozzle.
Cleaning, with a hose or sprinkler, permitted for health and
safety only. Use spring-loaded nozzle.
Cleaning, with a hose or sprinkler, permitted for health
and safety only. Use spring-loaded nozzle.
All forms of cleaning of outdoor surfaces with GVW water
are prohibited unless ordered by a regulatory authority
(i.e. WCB, public health inspector, etc.).
* These restrictions are for water supplied by GVWU only. They do not apply to the use of reclaimed or recycled water, greywater, rainwater harvested by the customer, or any other sources of water not supplied by GVWU. Customers are
encouraged to utilize rainwater for appropriate uses such as garden irrigation.
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SCHEDULE "A" attached to and
GVAC
- REGULAR
AGENDA
forming part of Bylaw
No.
2545, 2014
April 3, 2014 / ITEM E.2
Greater Vernon Water- Water Use Restriction
Stages
NORMAL
Agricultural Water
Use Restrictions
ACTIVITY
Crop Irrigation**
STAGE 1
DESCRIPTION: Represents normal (i.e. average) conditions DESCRIPTION: Represents below normal conditions for local
for local area. Water use restrictions focus on water use
area. Water use restrictions focus on water use efficiencies
efficiencies and drought awareness.
intended to reduce water use by roughly 10%. If triggered by
drought, represents early drought (drier than average)
conditions for local area.
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
Maximum water use permitted: 5500 m3/ha for season
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
Maximum water use permitted: 5500 m3/ha for season
STAGE 2
STAGE 3
STAGE 4
DESCRIPTION: Represents low water supply conditions for
local area. Water use restrictions are necessary to
sufficiently reduce water demand. Intended to reduce water
use by roughly 20%. If triggered by drought, represents
moderate drought conditions.
DESCRIPTION: Represents very low water supply conditions.
Water use restrictions are necessary to maintain supplies
during a period of critical water shortage. Intended to reduce
water use by roughly 50%. If triggered by drought,
represents severe drought conditions for local area.
DESCRIPTION:Strict water use restrictions are necessary
to maintain critical supply. Intended to reduce water use by
90%. Represents an emergency loss of supply during
which water is spared for consumptive and sanitary
purposes only.
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
RESTRICTION DETAILS*
Mandatory reduction of maximum water use by 50%: 2750 m3/ha
for season
Mandatory water restrictions. Outdoor water use prohibited
except water for livestock and minimal maintenance of
perennial fruit trees. (80% reduction of allowable water use)
GVW may decide to implement late turn on or early turn off of
agricultural water.
GVW may decide to implement late turn on or early turn off of
agricultural water.
Mandatory reduction of maximum water use by 20%: 4400
m3/ha for season
Increased surveillance of allocation compliance and
GVW may decide to implement late turn on or early turn off of
communication to encourage users to take voluntary conservation
agricultural water.
measures.
* These restrictions are for water supplied by GVWU only. They do not apply to the use of reclaimed or recycled water, greywater, rainwater harvested by the customer, or any other sources of water not supplied by GVWU.
** Typical irrigation season is April 15 - September 15. The GVWU reserves the right to change turn on and turn off dates, thereby affecting irrigation season duration, based on current water supply availability and drought forecasts. If
the restriction stage is reduced during the growing season, customer allocation would be prorated based on the number of days the higher restriction level was instituted.
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April 3, 2014 / ITEM E.3
REGIONAL DISTRICT
of
NORTH OKANAGAN
REPORT
File No.: 3900.2651
TO:
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
FROM:
Engineering
DATE:
March 24, 2014
SUBJECT:
Regional District of North Okanagan Cross Connection Control
Regulation Bylaw No. 2651, 2014
RECOMMENDATION:
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors that Bylaw No. 2651 , 2014 being Regional
District of North Okanagan Cross Connection Control Regulation Bylaw No. 2651, 2014 which
proposes to replace the following bylaws upon adoption:
1. "GVWU Cross Connection Control Bylaw No. 2106, 2005" and amendments thereto;
Be given First Reading ; and further,
That the Regional District of North Okanagan Cross Connection Control Regulation Bylaw No.
2651 , 2014 be referred for comments to various agencies and stakeholders including the City of
Vernon and District of Goldstream for review and comment prior to consideration of Second
Reading.
BACKGROUND I HISTORY:
The current Cross Connection Control Bylaw No. 2106, 2005 is in effect within the Greater
Vernon Water (GVW) service area only and was created before separation projects were
initiated. By adoption of Bylaw 2651, the Cross Connection Control program jurisdiction will
extend to include all RDNO community water systems, which include Silver Star Water, Mable
Lake Water, Whitevale Water, Grindrod Water and Gunter Ellison Water. Bylaw 2651 also
incorporates policy direction for areas that receive both potable and non-potable water.
The protection of all RDNO community water systems against contamination, caused by
backflow incidents, is greatly enhanced by an effective Cross Connection Control program.
DISCUSSION:
Changes to the GVWU Cross Connection Control Bylaw No. 2106, 2005 were required to bring
this bylaw up to current practices and standards.
The following provides a summary of revisions provided in the Regional District of North
Okanagan Cross Connection Control Regulation Bylaw No. 2651, 2014;
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Regional District of North Okanagan Cross Connection Control Regulation Bylaw No. 2651 , 2014.
Report to GVAC- March 24, 2014
Page 2
1) Added a section to explain the purpose of this Cross Connection Control Bylaw (Section
B),
2) Added a section for interpretation of this Bylaw (Section C),
3) Revised or added definitions to improve clarity and deleted a few definitions that were
not referred to within the bylaw (Section D)
4) Added the definition of "RDNO Waterworks System " and removed reference to Greater
Vernon Water so that the Bylaw includes backflow protection for all of the existing and
future community water systems owned and operated by the Regional District of North
Okanagan.
5) Added a section to address RDNO's liabilities (Section E),
6) Completed changes to Section J that addressed agricultural properties connected to the
RDNO potable water,
7) Added a section to address agricu ltural properties that connect to RDNO non-potable
water system in separated areas (Section K),
8) Added a section to address agricultural properties that connect to alternate water
sources (Section L),
9) Completed general text revisions throughout the Bylaw to allow for increased clarity.
SUMMARY:
While the existing Cross Connection Control Bylaw has served Greater Vernon Water since
2005, it has become desirous to protect all RDNO Community water systems and extend the
current Cross Connection Control program to these areas as well as providing direction for
separated areas
It is recommended that Regional District of North Okanagan Cross Connection Control
Regulation Bylaw No. 2651, 2014 be granted First Reading. Staff recommends that following
First Reading, Bylaw No. 2651 be referred to the Electoral Area Advisory Committee, City of
Vernon and District of Goldstream for review and comment.
and Endorsed by:
/
Larry Gardiner, AScT
Cross Connection Control Officer
~ d-
Dale McTagW.Eng
General Manager of Engineering
.Eng.
ter Vernon Water
roved for inclusion:
· T:,?;ii~
Administrator
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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
BYLAW No. 2651
A Bylaw to Protect Public Health by Controlling Cross Connections to Water Utilities Owned and
Operated by the Regional District of North Okanagan
WHEREAS under Section 796 of the Local Government Act, a Regional District may operate
any service that the Board considers necessary or desirable for all or part of the Regional
District, such as a Cross Connection Control Program for the Regional District of North
Okanagan and all Drinking Water Systems supplied by or connected to it;
AND WHEREAS – Section 176(1)(e) of the Local Government Act, R.S.B.C., 1996, Chapter 323
authorizes the Board of a Regional District to delegate its powers, duties and functions to its
officers and employees;
AND WHEREAS under Section 523 of the Local Government Act, subject to the Public Health
Act, a Regional District Board may, by bylaw;
a) Regulate and prohibit for the purposes of maintaining, promoting or preserving public health
or maintaining sanitary conditions; and
b) Undertake any other measures it considers necessary for those purposes;
AND WHEREAS the RDNO owns, operates and maintains the RDNO Waterworks System,
which is currently comprised of the Greater Vernon Water Utility service, as well as several
independent waterworks utility services that have been established by bylaw;
AND WHEREAS the Board is desirous to protect public health by controlling Cross Connections
in all waterworks systems and utilities owned, operated and maintained by the Regional District
of North Okanagan;
NOW THEREFORE the Board of the Regional District of North Okanagan in an open meeting
assembled hereby enacts as follows:
A. CITATION
This Bylaw may be cited as “Regional District of North Okanagan Cross Connection
Control Regulation Bylaw No. 2651, 2014”.
B. PURPOSE
1. The purpose of this Bylaw is to:
a. Protect the Potable Water supplied by the Regional District of North Okanagan from
the possibility of contamination by removing or isolating real or potential sources of
contamination that may Backflow into the RDNO Waterworks System.
b. Provide for the maintenance of Backflow Preventers or Devices required by the
Cross Connection Control Program which will systematically and effectively seek to
prevent contamination of the RDNO Waterworks System.
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Regulation Bylaw No. 2651, 2014
Page 2 of 10
C. INTERPRETATION
1. Words or phrases defined in the British Columbia Interpretation Act, Community Charter,
or Local Government Act or any successor legislation shall have the same meaning
when used in this Bylaw unless otherwise defined in this Bylaw.
2. The headings contained in this Bylaw are for convenience only and are not to be
construed as defining or in any way limiting the scope or the intent of the provisions of
this Bylaw.
3. Any Act or enactment referred to herein is a reference to an enactment of the Province
of British Columbia and regulations thereto, as amended, revised, consolidated or
replaced from time to time, and any Bylaw referred to herein (as may be cited by short
title or otherwise) is a reference to an enactment of the Board of the Regional District of
North Okanagan, as amended, revised, consolidated or replaced from time to time.
4. If any provision of this Bylaw is held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the
provision may be severed from the Bylaw and such invalidity shall not affect the validity
of the remaining portions of this Bylaw.
5. In accordance with its authority to delegate its powers pursuant to section 176(1)(e) of
the Local Government Act, the Board hereby delegates its discretion and authority in
respect of carrying out this bylaw, as is more particularly set out herein, to the General
Manager, the Bylaw Enforcement Officers and the Authorized Agents.
D. DEFINITIONS
In this Bylaw:
Alternate Water Supply means any water supply available to the Premises other than a
RDNO Waterworks System.
Approved Backflow Prevention Assembly means a Backflow Preventer that is designed
to be tested and repaired while in service and to meet the design and installation criteria
requirements of CSA standard B64.
Approved Backflow Prevention Device means a non testable Backflow Preventer that
meets the design and installation criteria requirements of CSA standard B64.
Authorized Agent includes a Person, Firm or Corporation authorized by the RDNO to act
on its behalf.
Backflow means the reversal of the normal direction of flow from a Private Water System or
source of contamination to a RDNO Waterworks System.
Backflow Assembly Test Report means a form provided by or approved for use by the
RDNO to be used when testing Backflow assemblies to record all pertinent information and
test data.
Backflow Assembly Tester means a Person holding a valid certificate from the British
Columbia Water and Waste Association for testing Backflow Preventers.
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Backflow Preventer means an apparatus that is approved by the RDNO or Authorized
Agent and installed in a water system that prevents Backflow of Contaminants into the
RDNO Waterworks System.
Building Inspector means a Person designated by the Council or Board as a Building
Inspector for the respective Municipality or Regional District to administer the building and
plumbing regulations.
Contaminant means any physical, chemical, biological or radiological substance or matter
in water which may render the water non-potable, according to regulations of the Province of
British Columbia Drinking Water Protection Act & Regulations.
Cross Connection means any actual or potential physical connection whereby a RDNO
Waterworks System is connected, directly or indirectly with any non-potable or unapproved
Private Water System, sewer, drain, conduit, well, pool, storage reservoir, pond, boiler,
plumbing fixture, or any other device which contains, or may contain contaminated water,
liquid, gases, sewage, or other waste, of unknown or unsafe quality which may be capable
of imparting contamination to the public water supply as a result of Backflow.
Cross Connection Control Officer means a Person designated by the General Manager
Engineering to administer the Cross Connection Control Program.
Cross Connection Control Program means the program developed and operated by the
RDNO to administer and regulate the selection, installation, testing and maintenance of
Backflow Preventers.
CSA means the Canadian Standards Association.
Customer means the Owner, or a Person authorized by the Owner, of any Premises to
which water is supplied from the RDNO Waterworks System, and/or any Person who is the
occupier of any such Premises, and/or any Person who obtains water from a Fire Hydrant or
by any service from a RDNO Waterworks System.
Discontinue Service means to terminate the arrangement between the RDNO and the
Customer for the supply of water, and to Turn Off the service valve, disconnect or remove
the pipe connecting the Private Water System to the RDNO Waterworks System.
Double Check Valve Assembly or DCVA means a device as defined in CSA Standard
B64.
Fire Hydrant Use Permit” means a permit issued by RDNO for any Person requesting
water from a Fire Hydrant for purposes other than emergency fire protection.
Inspect means an on-site review of the water use, facilities, meters, piping, equipment,
operating conditions and maintenance records for the purpose of evaluating for conformity
with the terms and conditions of this bylaw.
Irrigation Season means the period of time set annually by the General Manager
Engineering during which water is delivered by the RDNO to agricultural Customers for
irrigation and other agricultural purposes. This period may be modified by water supply
shortages, drought or other conditions as determined by the General Manager Engineering
from time to time.
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Non Potable Water means water that is not fit for human consumption as defined in the
Drinking Water Protection Act and Regulations.
Owner means the Owner of real property assigned under the Local Government Act and/or
Land Title Act and includes that Person’s designated representative.
Person includes a corporation, partnership or party or other legal representative of an
Owner to whom the context can apply according to law and the singular includes the plural,
and the masculine includes the feminine.
Potable Water means water that is fit for human consumption as defined in the Drinking
Water Protection Act and Regulations.
Premises means any real property and buildings on the real property.
Private Water System means any water system privately owned and operated for the
delivery and distribution of water and includes any domestic and/or commercial use,
irrigation system, greenhouse and hydroponics system, and any other use of water supplied
by the RDNO Waterworks System.
RDNO means the Regional District of North Okanagan.
RDNO Waterworks System means any waterworks system owned, operated and
maintained by the RDNO.
Reclaimed Water System means a treated effluent water system that disposes of Non
Potable Water from a municipal wastewater treatment facility that is suitable for reuse as
determined by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment.
Reduced Pressure Backflow Assembly as defined in CSA Standard B64.
Service Connection means any connection through means of a pipe, valve, and other
appurtenances extending from a RDNO Waterworks System to the boundary of the property
being served.
Turn On means to allow the flow of water by opening a RDNO owned valve or by any other
means approved by the RDNO.
Turn Off means to stop the flow of water by closing a RDNO owned valve or by any other
means approved by the RDNO.
Used Water means any Potable Water which is no longer in the RDNO Waterworks
System, including Potable Water that has moved downstream or past the Service
Connection valve and/or the property line to the Private Water System.
Water Service means the supply of water by means of the RDNO Waterworks System.
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E. RDNO NOT LIABLE
1. The RDNO shall not be liable to any Person for injury or damages, or for reduction or
loss of water pressure which may result from:
a. The installation of Backflow Preventers ;
b. The interruption of water pressure or supply within a real property or the interruption
or discontinuance of service to a real property;
c. An omission to notify a consumer to correct an inadequately controlled Cross
Connection; or
d. Pressure fluctuation due to thermal expansion.
F. INSPECTION
1. The Cross Connection Control Officer and/or a Building Inspector is hereby authorized
to:
a. Access the Private Water System located on private property at all reasonable hours
in order to carry out inspections and surveys of the Premises to determine the
existence, or possibility, of connections or Cross Connections prohibited by this
bylaw and as stated in the Cross Connection Control Program.
b. Impose minimum standards that must be met and satisfied relating to the type of
Backflow Preventer and the installation, testing and maintenance of the same in
accordance with the Cross Connection Control Program.
c. Assess and Inspect the type of Backflow Preventer, the installation, state of
maintenance and repair of the same;
d. No Person shall operate a valve in order to provide Water Service to the occupants
of any newly renovated, constructed or reconstructed Premises until the Private
Water System in such Premises has been inspected for Cross Connections by the
Building Inspector and/or Cross Connection Control Officer, and until it is confirmed
that all required Backflow Preventers have been installed and all Approved Backflow
Prevention Assemblies have been installed and tested in accordance with this Bylaw.
G. CONTAMINATION
1. Subject to the provisions of this Bylaw:
a. No Person shall create a Cross Connection by connecting, causing to be connected,
or allowing to remain connected to a RDNO Waterworks System any device, pipe,
fixture, fitting, container, appliance or any other chattel or thing which may, under any
circumstances, allow Non Potable water, Used Water, wastewater or any chemical,
liquid, gas or other substance to enter the RDNO Waterworks System.
H. CROSS CONNECTIONS AND BACKFLOW PREVENTION
1. No Owner or other Person shall permit the introduction of any Contaminant or foreign
matter whatsoever into any Private Water System that is connected to a RDNO
Waterworks System.
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2. Where the RDNO or Authorized Agent determines that there exists a potential Cross
Connection prohibited by this bylaw and/or the RDNO Cross Connection Control
Program, written notice may be given to the Customer to correct or eliminate the
potential Cross Connection at the expense of the Customer within the time specified in
the notice.
3. A Customer to whom notice has been given under this section shall correct or eliminate
the connection or Cross Connection by installing an Approved Backflow Prevention
Assembly or Device as determined by RDNO, conforming to CSA Standard B64.
4. The Customer shall install a type of Backflow Preventer commensurate with the degree
of hazard as determined by RDNO, on the Private Water System at the location of the
service connection from the RDNO Waterworks System or other location(s) approved by
RDNO.
5. Notwithstanding anything contained herein, if, in the opinion of RDNO, the configuration
of any water connection creates a risk of contamination to the RDNO Waterworks
System, the Customer shall install on the Private Water System, at the location of the
service connection from the RDNO Waterworks System, an Approved Backflow
Prevention Assembly as determined by RDNO, in addition to any Backflow Preventers
installed in the Customer’s Private Water System at the source of the potential
contamination.
6. The failure to be sent a notice(s), or the failure to receive a notice(s), shall not excuse
the mandatory duty of the Customer or other responsible party to comply with this Bylaw
and/or the RDNO Cross Connection Control Program and all other applicable bylaws.
7. Where any condition is found to exist which, in the opinion of the RDNO, constitutes a
Cross Connection within a RDNO Waterworks System, the RDNO or Authorized Agent
may either:
a. Give notice to the Customer to correct or eliminate the Cross Connection(s) at the
expense of the Customer within a specified period. If the notice is not complied with,
RDNO may then Discontinue Service and/or impose a fine of $100.00;
b. Install an Approved Backflow Prevention Assembly at the service connection with all
costs being charged to the Customer.
c. Shut off the Water Service to the Premises and notify the Customer that an
Approved Backflow Prevention Assembly(s) must be properly installed and tested at
the expense of the Customer prior to the Water Service Turn On.
8. Any Person whose Water Service has been subject to a Turn Off pursuant to this Bylaw
shall not have the Water Service reinstated until all requirements of this Bylaw have
been met. The Customer shall be responsible to pay to the RDNO all costs associated
with the Turn Off and Turn On of the Water Service and may include cleanup of
contamination to the RDNO Waterworks System.
I.
TESTING OF BACKFLOW PREVENTION ASSEMBLIES
1. The Customer shall provide to the RDNO within thirty (30) days of initial installation,
repair, replacement or relocation of an Approved Backflow Prevention Assembly, a
completed Backflow Assembly Test Report from a certified Backflow Assembly Tester in
the form as prescribed by the RDNO.
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Regulation Bylaw No. 2651, 2014
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2. The Customer is responsible for arranging, at his or her own expense, at least once in
every twelve (12) month period or more often if required by the RDNO, to have the
Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies inspected and tested by a certified Backflow
Assembly Tester. A copy of the test report shall be provided to the RDNO within thirty
(30) days of completion of the test.
3. Where a Customer fails to have an Approved Backflow Prevention Assembly tested, the
RDNO may notify the Customer that the Approved Backflow Prevention Assembly must
be tested within ninety-six (96) hours, or within a specified period. If the Customer fails to
comply with such notice the RDNO or an Authorized Agent shall Discontinue Service(s)
and/or impose a fine of $100.00 and the Customer may be subject to penalties listed
under this Bylaw.
4. Where there is a visible or other indication (including but not limited to damage caused
by: freezing, hot water, fire, neglect, and mistreatment) that a Backflow Preventer is
malfunctioning, it is the responsibility of the Customer to immediately notify the RDNO,
and further, to stop using the Private Water System until the Backflow Preventer is
replaced or repaired and re-tested.
J. AGRICULTURAL IRRIGATION CONNECTED TO POTABLE WATERWORKS SYSTEM
1. In conjunction with the start of the Irrigation Season, the following conditions apply:
a. No Person except the RDNO or an Authorized Agent shall Turn On an agricultural
Service Connection.
b. Prior to Turn On of the agricultural Service Connection, the Customer operating a
commercial or agricultural irrigation system shall have a Backflow Preventer
approved by the RDNO installed. Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies shall
be inspected and tested by a certified Backflow Assembly Tester within thirty (30)
days of Turn On at the Customer’s expense. A copy of the test report shall be
provided to the RDNO within fourteen (14) days of completion of the test.
K. AGRICULTURAL IRRIGATION CONNECTED TO NON POTABLE WATERWORKS
SYSTEM
1. Where the RDNO operates a separated Non Potable Water distribution system and the
Premises has at least one non potable Service Connection the Customer shall comply
with one of the following:
a. Where the RDNO or Authorized Agent requires a Double Check Valve Assembly to
be installed on the potable service, the Double Check Valve Assembly shall be
inspected and tested upon installation by a certified Backflow Assembly Tester at the
Customer’s expense. A copy of the test report shall be provided to the RDNO within
fourteen (14) days of completion of the test. Following initial installation of the
Double Check Valve Assembly, the RDNO shall specify the testing requirements
thereafter;
or
b. Where there is a severe hazard and the RDNO or Authorized Agent requres a
Reduced Pressure Backflow Assembly to be installed on the potable service, the
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Reduced Pressure Backflow Assembly shall be inspected and tested annually by a
certified Backflow Assembly Tester and within thirty (30) days of agricultural Turn On
annually at the Customer’s expense. A copy of the test report shall be provided to
the RDNO within fourteen (14) days of completion of the test.
L. ALTERNATE WATER SUPPLY
1. Where the Premises has a Service Connection to the RDNO Waterworks System and
has an Alternate Water Supply the Customer shall comply with one of the following:
a. Where the RDNO or Authorized Agent requires a Double Check Valve Assembly to
be installed on the potable service, the Double Check Valve Assembly shall be
inspected and tested upon installation by a certified Backflow Assembly Tester at the
Customer’s expense. A copy of the test report shall be provided to the RDNO within
fourteen (14) days of completion of the test. Following initial installation of the
Double Check Valve Assembly, the RDNO shall specify the testing requirements
thereafter;
or
b. Where there is a severe hazard and the RDNO or Authorized Agent requires a
Reduced Pressure Backflow Assembly to be installed on the Potable Water Service
Connection, the Reduced Pressure Backflow Assembly shall be inspected and
tested upon installation, and annually thereafter, by a certified Backflow Assembly
Tester at the Customer’s expense. A copy of the test report shall be provided to the
RDNO within fourteen (14) days of completion of the test.
M. RECLAIMED WATER SYSTEMS
1. A Customer operating a Private Water System with a connection to the Reclaimed Water
System shall also be required to comply with the following:
a. There shall be no direct connection between a Reclaimed Water System and a
RDNO Waterworks System or a RDNO Non Potable Waterworks System without
approval by the RDNO and the Customer enters into an agreement with the RDNO
for the installation, operations and maintenance of the connection; and
b. A Reduced Pressure Backflow Assembly shall be installed on the Potable Water
Service Connection, the Reduced Pressure Backflow Assembly shall be inspected
and tested upon installation, and annually thereafter, by a certified Backflow
Assembly Tester at the Customer’s expense. A copy of the test report shall be
provided to the RDNO within fourteen (14) days of completion of the test.
N. TEMPORARY USE OF FIRE HYDRANTS
1. It shall be an offence for any person to connect to a Fire Hydrant:
a. without a permit, and
b. without the use of an Approved Backflow Prevention Assembly that has a
current, valid test.
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O. ENFORCEMENT – GENERAL
1.
This bylaw may be enforced by Bylaw Enforcement Officers, and notwithstanding
anything contained in this bylaw or any other bylaw to the contrary, the Bylaw
Enforcement Officers, while exercising their duties, shall be exempt from the provisions
thereof.
2.
No action or other proceeding for damages lies against a Bylaw Enforcement Officer for
any act done or omitted to be done in good faith
a. in the performance or the intended performance of any duty, or;
b. in the exercise or the intended exercise of any power, or;
c. under this bylaw, or for any neglect or default in the performance or exercise in
good faith of that duty or power.
P. OFFENCE AND PENALTY
1.
Every person who violates any of the provisions of this Bylaw or who suffers or permits
any act or thing to be done in contravention or in violation of any of the provisions of this
Bylaw, or who neglects to do or refrains from doing anything required to be done by any
of the provisions of this Bylaw, is guilty of an offence against this Bylaw and shall be
liable to:
a. a ticket and fine as set out in The Regional District of North Okanagan Ticket
Information Authorization By-Law No. 1148, 1993; or
b. on summary conviction, to the penalties provided for in the Offence Act, and to a fine
of not less than $200.00 and not more than $2000.00 for each offence together with
the costs of conviction.
2.
Each day that an offence against this Bylaw is caused, or allowed to continue,
constitutes a separate and distinct offence.
3.
Any penalty imposed pursuant to this Bylaw shall be in addition to, and not in
substitution for, any other penalty or remedy imposed pursuant to any other applicable
statute, law or legislation.
4.
Any Person who violates the provisions of Section N of this Bylaw may be refused
access to Water Service through the use of a Fire Hydrant or temporary Service
Connection and may be subject to penalties listed under this Bylaw.
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Q. REPEAL
Upon final adoption of this Bylaw the following Bylaws are hereby repealed:
1. “Vernon Irrigation District Backflow Prevention By-law” [VID Bylaw 675, 1989] and
amendments thereto; and
2. "GVWU Cross Connection Control Regulation Bylaw No. 2106, 2005" and amendments
thereto.
Read a First Time this
day of
Read a Second Time this
day of
Read a Third Time this
day of
ADOPTED this
day of
CHAIR
CORPORATE OFFICER
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REGIONAL DISTRICT
of
NORTH OKANAGAN
REPORT
File No.: 5720.09.04.02.05
TO:
Greater Vernon Advisory Committee
FROM:
Engineering
DATE:
March 13, 2014
SUBJECT:
RDNO Farm Classification- Criteria for New Farms
RECOMMENDATION:
That it be recommended to the Board of Directors, the criteria for Regional District of North Okanagan
Farm Classification as outlined in the report dated March 13, 2014 to the Greater Vernon Advisory
Committee re: RDNO Farm Classification- Criteria for New Farms, be endorsed.
SUMMARY:
Properties with BC Assessment Farm Classification automatically receive the agricultural water rate
for irrigation use. Properties who do not meet the BC Assessment Farm Classification can apply
annually to receive irrigation water at the agricultural water rate under the Domestic Appeal for
Agricultural Rate application process. Approval is subject to the applicant meeting minimum criteria
as established by the RDNO. One of the existing criteria is demonstrating that the minimum income
threshold has been met by providing receipts from the previous irrigation season. This process may
restrict new farm development because new farms do not have the ability to provide receipts for
·
income from the previous irrigation season.
Most new farms find it onerous to irrigate their newly planted crops with water at the domestic rate
and therefore seek agricultural water rates to assist them in establishing their business. There is
provision within the existing Assessment Act for farmers to obtain BC Assessment Farm
Classification; however, this process can be lengthy and either the farmer misses the cut off date for
the assessment roll or the growing season has commenced. To accommodate requests for new
farm development, new criteria and a supplemental application form has been drafted and is
attached for your review and endorsement.
The new application form, with the proposed "New Farm" criteria, will provide increased transparency
with the application process and help provide a successful appeal application for new legitimate farms
so that investments are not put at risk.
DISCUSSION:
Access to agricultural water rates through the RDNO agricultural appeal process allows land owners
to sustain farming practices that would not be otherwise achievable under the Assessment Act farm
classification criteria. During the application and approval process, GVW staff work with a small
number of new farmers (usually three of four per season), that have difficulty gaining approval for
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Report to: GVAC
Date: March 24, 2014
Re: RDNO Farm Classification- Criteria for new Farms
Page 2 of3
agricultural water rates because they do not meet the minimum criteria (no proof of income) as they
are just starting a new farm.
Under the existing appeal process, farmers must have an income to access agricultural water rates,
and approval for agricultural water rates cannot be given without the proof of income, resulting in a
catch 22 situation.
Making the situation worse, the Provincial application process can be lengthy, and if the annual
deadline is missed, BC Assessment Farm Classification may not be on the current years assessment
roll. New landowners that show an interest in establishing a new farm have found it difficult and
confusing to work within the scope of the existing criteria.
EXISTING CRITERIA:
Attached: Domestic Appeal for Agricultural Water Rate Application
In the past, new farm establishments, large and small, where new owners have invested in trees,
crops, fences and/or livestock, have found that access to agricultural water rates is restricted through
existing criteria. In these cases, access to water in a timely manner is needed to protect substantial
agricultural investments. Farmers must have an income to access agricultural water rates, and
approval for agricultural water rates cannot be given without the proof of income.
In the past, GVW staff has worked with new owners to guide them through the application process.
Where significant farm investments are at risk, GVW staff found creative ways under existing policy
and bylaw to help provide a successful appeal application.
PROPOSED CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL OF NEW FARMS:
Attached:
Application for RDNO Farm Classification
New Farm - Supplemental Application for RDNO Farm Classification
New farms that are not able to meet the income threshold must complete a supplemental application
for new farms and meet the following conditions:
a. New farms must provide details of the proposed operation. The application must include receipts
for purchases relating to new farm development,
b. New farms must provide receipts for gross farm income for previous year (if available), and
estimated income projections that can be reasonably expected for the current and subsequent
years (will be referenced in future applications), and
c. New farms will be required to meet and sustain the minimum income threshold following two
years of operation. Receipts will be required to demonstrate the income threshold has been met
prior to approval of agricultural water rates for the third year of new farm operation.
RDNO staff also reviewed the Application for RDNO Farm Classification criteria and form . In addition
to the New Farm criteria minor housekeeping updates have been done. The application form has
been renamed from Domestic Appeal for Agricultural Water Rate to Application for RDNO Farm
Classification to provide clarity regarding the farm classification approval.
Attachments:
1. Domestic Appeal for Agricultural Water Rate Application (existing form)
2. Application for RDNO Farm Classification (proposed form)
3. New Farm- Supplemental Application for RDNO Farm Classification (proposed form)
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Report to: GVAC
Date: March 24, 2014
Re: RDNO Farm Classification - Criteria for new Farms
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d Endorsed by:
Submitted by:
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Engmeenng Technologist
Endorsed by:
Approved for Inclusion:
D!!i]c~!i:v.l
General Manager, Engineering
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DOMESTIC APPEAL
FOR AGRICULTURAL WATER RATE APPLICATION
Greater Vernon Water
NAME of Property Owner(s):
ATT 1
Phone#1:
Phone#2:
ADDRESS OF PROP E RTY A PPLIED FOR:
MAILING ADDRESS (If different from above):
T OTAL PROPERTY SIZE:
DACRES
TYPE OF IRR IGATION SYSTEM (eg. drip, hand set,
overhead sprinkler, etc.):
EXISTING WATER ALLOCATION:
D HECTARES
ESTIMATE OF INCOME F ROM FARMING :
PLEASE NOTE: Applications w ill not be accepted without proof of Income,
IS LAND LEASED:
DYes D No
(the owner or renter can provide the proof of income)
DO YOU HAVE A WATER M ETER:
IF YES, NAME OF RENTER:
D Yes D No PLEASE NOTE: water meters must be installed before tum on.
DO YOU H AVE A BACKFLOW PREVENTOR? DYes
D No
COMPLIANT?
PREVIOUS DOMESTIC A PPEAL APPLICAT ION?
D Yes DNo
DYes
D No
TYPES OF CROP AND I OR LIVESTOCK:
PLEASE SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR A DDITIONAL INFORMATION
THE APPLICANT ACCEPTS THE FOLLOWING TERMS:
1. All agricultural water used must be metered prior to approval of application:
2. All domestic water used must be metered prior to approval of application;
3. Only one appeal per property may be filed per calendar year;
4. :250 NON REFUNDABLE at;!t;!llcation fee m~de t;!a~able to the 'Regional District of North Ol<anagan';
5. Applications received after February 15'" will be subject to a $50 non refundable late fee;
6. Meet Cross Connection Control Standards;
7. The applicant witt notify Regional District of North Okanagan - Greater Vernon Water (RDNO-GVW) if farming activity ceases;
B. RDNO-GVW will conduct random audits, Including site inspections, to confirm eligibility;
9. Eligibility for agricultural water may be withdrawn at the discretion of RDNO-GVW if land use ceases to meet the criteria for agricultural use or if
access for site inspections Is denied; and
·to. Current water restrictions must be tal<en into consideration at all times.
In the event of a successful appeal, the applicant will install (a) separate water meter(s) at their sole expense to measure all water used on the
property. The meter(s) must be installed and inspected before the agricultural water rate comes Into effect.
SIGNATURE OF PROPERTY OWNER(S):
DATE:
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY
PID FILE No.:
CCC File#:
DYes 0 No
Compliant:
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT:
0
0
APPROVED
DENIED
PLAN:
SEC:
REF. No.:
VALID UNTIL:
DATE
SIGNATURE
NAME OF AUTHORIZED OFFICIAL (PRINT)
'
COMMENTS:
0
0
1WP:
$50 NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE
$50 NON-REFUNDABLE LATE FEE IN ADDITION TO
THE $50 APPLICATION FEE AFTER FEBRUARY 15TH.
0
CASH
I
0 CHEQUE
I
0 DEBIT
RECEIPT#:
REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
GREATER VERNON WATER
9848 Aberdeen Road
Goldstream, BC V 1B 2K9
Phone: 250-550-3700 Fax: 250-550-3701 www.rdno.ca
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CRITERIA FOR AGRICULTURAL WATER USE
The following criteria must be met in order for landowners to receive irrigation water at the agricultural rate:
1.
The property has current BC Assessment Farm Classification. If your property has farm classification, you are
automatically eligible for the agricultural water rate and do not need to submit an appeal.
2.
Properties without BC Assessment Farm Classification with an existing irrigation allocation greater than 0.41 ha
(1 acre) will have an annual opportunity to appeal for the agricultural water use rate. Properties with an existing
irrigation allocation less than or equal to 0.41 ha (1 acre) will not be permitted to appeal.
3.
Properties without BC Assessment Farm Classification or without a successful agricultural water use rate appeal will
be considered domestic. Domestic water use is required to be metered and is charged at the domestic water rate.
4.
A successful appeal must meet the following conditions:
a.
b.
Agricultural use of the property is permitted pursuant to the appropriate zoning regulations;
The property is used for agricultural purposes, comprising:
Apiculture;
Aquaculture;
Christmas tree
culture;
Dairying;
Floriculture;
Forage production;
Forest seedling and
seed production;
Fruit and vegetable
production;
Herb production;
Horse rearing;
Horse Boarding;
Horticulture;
Populous species and salix
species intensively cultivated
in plantations;
Insects raised for biological
pest control;
Livestock raising;
Medicinal plant culture;
Poultry and egg
production;
Seed production;
Turf production;
Wool, hide, feather or
fur production; and
The raising of crops or
animals for human
consumption
The following activities are NOT considered agricultural for the purposes of water billing:
Production of manufactured derivatives from agricultural raw materials;
Production for the occupants' own domestic consumption;
Agricultural services; and
Breeding and rearing of pets, except horses.
5.
The property owner must install a second water meter inside the property line to capture all water use. The cost to
purchase and install the meter, pit and appurtenances will be borne by the property owner. The meter must be
installed and inspected by RDNO-GVW before eligibility for the agricultural water rate is instated.
6.
Landowners with water allocations less than or equal to 0.82 hectares (2 ac;res) will be required to meet the income
threshold of $1,000 per year. Landowners with water allocations greater than 0.82 hectares will be required to meet
the income threshold of $2,500 per year. Proof of income is required with ALL appeal applications made.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
1. All domestic use is required to be metered, and to pay the domestic rate, even if the property sustains an
agricultural activity.
2.
A NON-REFUNDABLE fee of $50 made payable to the 'Regional District of North Okanagan' is required at
the time of appeal submission.
3. *NEW* Applications submitted after February 15th will be subject to a $50 non-refundable late fee.
4. All properties must be assessed for backflow prevention and meet Cross Connection Control Standards
including installation of required backflow prevention devices and I or assemblies if required.
5.
Appeals are assessed by RDNO-GVW staff based on the information provided. Extraordinary cases will be
referred to the Regional District of North Okanagan Board.
6.
RDNO-GVW reserves the right to perform random audits and site inspections to verify conformance.
Eligibility for the agricultural water rate will be withdrawn if, at the discretion of RDNO-GVW, land use fails to
meet the above criteria.
7.
Successful appeals are valid for one calendar year. One appeal per property may be submitted per calendar
year.
8.
Properties with all oca~ion over 0.41 hectares will have until February 15th of the current year to appeal.
Properties wtth allocation less than or equal to 0.41 hectares without BC Assessment Farm Status will be
considered domestic and will be invoiced at the domestic rate.
9.
Notification regarding approved or rejected appeals wHI be mailed to the address provided. Rejected appeals
will be informed of the reasons.
10. Current water restrictions must be taken into consideration at all times.
Greater Vernon Water is a function of the Regional District of the North Okanagan, responsible for water supply,
treatment and dtstnbutton. Please feel free to contact RDNO-GVW for additional information at:
REGIONAL DISTRICT OF NORTH OKANAGAN
GREATER VERNON WATER
9848 Aberdeen Road
Goldstream, BC V1B 2K9
Phone: 250-550-3700 Fax: 250-550-3701
(2013-01)
www.rdno.ca
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ATT3
NEW FARM- SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION for
RDNO Farm Classification
NAME OF PROPERTY OWNER(s) :
ADDRESS OF PROPERTY APPLIED FOR :
MAILING ADDRESS (if different from above):
TYPE OF PROPOSED FARM OPERATION (example: beef, vegetables, poultry, etc.):
PROVIDE DETAILS OF PROPOSED FARMING OPERATION:
LIST RECENT FARM IMPROVEMENTS, AND FARM RELATED PURCHASES
(example: fencing, constructed shelters , soil preparation, seedlings, tractor purchase, irrigation system installation, etc.):
Please use reverse, or attached supplemental information and photographs as necessary to describe proposed farm activities
TOTAL VALUE OF FARM RELATED PURCHASES (Previous 6 months):
Provide receipts for materials purchased
$
PROJECTED ANNUAL GROSS INCOME FROM FARMING:
PREVIOUS YEAR:
(Provide receipts for previous year)
$
CURRENT YEAR:
$
NEXT YEAR:
$
FOLLOWING YEAR:
$
SIGNATURE:
YEAR
I DATE:
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9848 Aberdeen Road
Goldstream , BC
V1 8 2K9
Phone: 250 550-3700
Fax: 250 550-3701
www.rdno.ca
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