More information as Big Eddy Waterworks petition deadline draws closer

As Big Eddy residents decide whether to sign a petition that would authorize the City of Revelstoke to take over the Big Eddy Waterworks, the city has released a Q&A to help answer any questions.

A faucet. Photo: Creative Commons license photo by Joe Shlabotnik.

The City of Revelstoke has released a FAQ document and declared staff available to help Big Eddy residents decide whether to upgrade their local water system.

The Big Eddy Waterworks needs to be upgraded to meet Interior Health standards and the project is expected to cost about $5.69 million. Revelstoke has secured funding commitments from both the federal and provincial governments of over $1.8 million dollars each and the remaining costs will be passed onto Big Eddy residents.

Those affected have received a petition, which needs to be signed by 50% of Big Eddy property owners and represent 50% of the assessed value of land by the February 5 deadline to be successful. If not, the current funding grant agreement will no longer be available.

If the petition is successful the process will begin to make the Big Eddy Water District part of the City of Revelstoke’s water utility and begin construction on the upgrade. The 2016 water rates for Big Eddy residents in this case are expected be the same as other Revelstoke residents at about $385 per year.

Revelstoke City’s Q&A includes answers on how this project will effect Big Eddy residents, where they stand on residential development applications and how the project will pan out.

Big Eddy Water Upgrade Project Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Big Eddy Waterworks Q&A by Revelstoke Mountaineer

View information on the upgrade, presented at the public meeting in December here.

City staff are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on 250-837-2911 to answer questions.