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Water rates expected to rise in Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

First reading given to bylaw amending fees and charges
Water rates will increase for users of many of the water systems within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. (Black Press file photo)

If you live in the Missezula Lake area and have a dripping faucet, this may be time to get it fixed.

The water rate in that region are scheduled to rise by 15.33 per cent.

On Feb. 22, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen directors gave first reading to a bylaw to amend the fees and charges bylaw.

Water rates are also rising in other parts of the regional district.

In Olalla, a trickle of water will quickly add up as the rate there will rise by 14.03 per cent.

Okanagan Falls water users will see an eight per cent water rate increase, while in Willowbrook, the increase is 7.39 per cent. For Gallagher Lake, the increase is 6.87 per cent and in Sun Valley, it is 6.45 per cent.

In the West Bench area outside of Penticton, the water rate will rise by 6.5 per cent for those on a flat rate system and 6.4 per cent for those on a metered system. Naramata water rates will increase by 5.97 per cent.

The only water system not to have a water rate increase is Faulder.

In addition, sewer rates are increasing in Gallagher Lake and Okanagan Falls. For those on the Gallagher Lake sewer system, the increase is 9.65 per cent while in Okanagan Falls it is 6.42 per cent.

John Arendt

About the Author: John Arendt

John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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