Kaleden residents have chosen to stick to septic instead of a moving to a community sewage collection system.
Through a referendum held by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, a total of 91 voted against moving to create a community sewer system and 65 voted for it. The voting results were confirmed by the Chief Election Officer on June 5 at 8:15 p.m.
The project was proposed to replace the existing and aging septic systems with a community sewage collection system and connect into the wastewater treatment facility in Okanagan Falls.
But the price tag to do so is high at just over $4 million.
The planning of the project included current users, as well as future growth and development in Kaleden. That growth would cover service for the current approximately 355 people living in the area, up to a full potential service for 3,150 people in the same area.
Residents and property owners within the proposed Kaleden Service Area were asked whether they supported the RDOS creating a service for the infrastructure required, authorizing the long-term borrowing of up to $4,040,000 for the construction of the Kaleden extension of the Okanagan Falls sewer system.
An information town hall was held in April before the referendum.
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