Naramata Water System improvements on schedule

Posted June 2006

Naramata residents have seen considerable activity on their water system since construction began in February. Work is well underway on two contracts. 

Contract 1, which involves construction of a raw water pumping station on Okanagan Lake and a UV (ultra-violet) water treatment plant on McKay Road, is being undertaken by Maple Reinders Inc. of Kelowna. Work on the treatment plant is progressing well; excavation and foundation preparation are complete, and concrete work is about half done. The UV equipment, which was pre-ordered in 2005, has been delivered and is presently being stored in Penticton. Maple Reinders has also completed demolition work at the raw water pump station site on First Street, and will proceed with substructure excavation and construction in early May. Contract 1 is scheduled for completion by December.

Contract 2, being undertaken by H&M Excavating of Penticton, includes construction of new underground water mains, including the raw water supply pipeline from the raw water pump station to the treatment plant, the north treated water supply main from the treatment plant to the north system connection on Salting Road, and the south treated water supply main from the treatment plant to the south system tie-in at Gammon Road. As of late April, H&M had installed all underground watermains, with the exception of a short length crossing Naramata Creek. Creek crossing work cannot be undertaken until August to ensure minimal impact on fisheries. Surface restoration and street repaving have also been substantially completed in the townsite area. Paving on Salting, Lower DeBeck, Naramata, and Arawana Roads is expected to be complete by late May. Contract 2 is currently one month ahead of schedule.

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Naramata Water Advisory Committee have worked closely with Associated Engineering and the two construction contractors to ensure the work is completed on time. The regional district would like to thank Naramata residents for their understanding, patience, and cooperation during the construction period.

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