The results are in: Big Eddy residents support water works upgrade

After eight weeks of deliberation, the final numbers have been counted and the petition to upgrade the Big Eddy Water Works has been successful.

Reduced fire flow capacity during emergencies in the Big Eddy is one of the reasons to upgrade the Big Eddy Water Works. Photo: Alexandre Normand (CC 2.0).

A majority of Big Eddy property owners have voted in support of the city proceeding with the proposed $5.7 million upgrade of the Big Eddy Water Works.

The city received positive votes from Big Eddy residents who represented over 71 per cent of assessed land value and 65 per cent of the total parcels of land. At least 50 per cent in each category was needed to proceed.

The petition requested the establishment of a local area service and borrowing up to $1.9 million for the purpose of upgrades and expansion of the Big Eddy Water system. The petition also authorized the dissolution of the Big Eddy Waterworks District and the city taking over operation of the water system.

Promised grant money from the provincial and federal governments was dependent on the petition being successful and in a media release from the city, Mayor Mark McKee said he was happy with the result.

“Council is pleased the the Big Eddy landowners successfully petitioned the city of Revelstoke and that more than $3 million in infrastructure grants will be accessed to make the necessary system improvements,” he said. “We would like to thank the Big Eddy residents who worked with city staff to facilitate a positive outcome for the petition process. Their efforts are greatly appreciated.”

The next steps for the project include a tender process for detailed design work. Authorization is also needed from the Inspector of Municipalities to establish a local area service bylaw and the borrowing bylaw.

“The water upgrade will provide the Big Eddy residents with a long-term, sustainable system, meeting provincial standards,” director of engineering and development services Mike Thomas said. “We are hoping to start detailed design work shortly, with some construction possible before the end of 2016.”

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