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Posted: August 12, 2016

RDEK providing update on Windermere Water

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is encouraging residents and property owners in Windermere to attend one of the two upcoming open houses it has scheduled regarding the status of the Windermere Treated Water Project.

“The goal of the open houses is to provide residents with an update on where things are at, including the current options for treated water,” said RDEK Project Supervisor Elizabeth Ahlgren. “Another important aspect for us is the feedback. We are looking for input from residents as we move closer to bringing an option out to the community through a formal assent process.”

The open houses will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. and Tuesday, August 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, located just south of the Highway 93/95/Athalmer junction.

“The style of the sessions is set up to be informal so people can come and go; however, we will also do a brief presentation at 9:30 a.m. on the 20th and 1:30 p.m. on the 23rd,” added Ahlgren. Information will be handed out at the meeting for people to take away and review.

For any option to proceed, an elector assent process will have to take place; however, Ahlgren said the RDEK is still a ways away from that.

“The first step is to go out to the community, explain where things are at, share new information and get a sense from them how they feel about the options moving forward. We really hope to have a strong turnout and continue to have dialogue with the community in the weeks ahead,” she said.

The Windermere Water System has been under a Water Quality Advisory since 2006. In order for the Advisory to be lifted, the water must be filtered or treated and meet Interior Health standards.

More information is available on the RDEK’s website:


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