How many properties in Lake Country are on the District sewer system?
Approximately 3,500 properties are on sewer.
What is the urgency for finding a new solution?
The District sewer system is very near to capacity. Before facility upgrades can be made, the District requires an updated Liquid Waste Management solution approved by the Province of BC.
What solutions are being evaluated?
There are a number of solutions that have been evaluated over the years. Presentation of possible solutions including cost will be posted on this site in the coming weeks.
Why can’t the District allow new construction to be on septic systems instead of sewer?
Developed areas that are not on sewer are prone to failure. Numerous discharges within a relatively small footprint can overwhelm the capacity of soils to handle the flows. This can be especially problematic in tight soils (clay) or where rock is present.
Has the District considered using treated wastewater for other uses like irrigation?
Yes, however having full capacity discharge outside of irrigation is a regulatory requirement. Irrigation can assist with the overall plan but is not a stand alone solution.
Will my property be connected to the sewer system once the LWMP is completed?
Properties that have been identified to be connected to the District sewer system are contained within the Official Community Plan. Sewer is referenced in Section 9.3 and Map 6.
Will the new Liquid Waste Management solution trigger a property tax increase?
Funding required to construct the new Liquid Waste Management System will be funded through development contributions, possible grant funding and/or existing sewer users.
How will community input be used in the Liquid Waste Management Plan update process?
The District wants to create a Liquid Waste Management Plan that accurately reflects the interests, concerns and desires of the community. Public and stakeholder engagement will be an important part of the Liquid Waste Management Plan update process. Input from the community and Indigenous stakeholders will be used to formulate a final solution for liquid waste management that reflects the interests, concerns and desires of the overall community.
When will the community be able to provide input on the Liquid Waste Management Plan?
The first public engagement period will extend from March to May 2021. During this time, the District is asking for input on various potential options to manage its liquid waste. Input received from the community, key government agencies and Indigenous communities, along with technical studies and regulatory requirements, will be used to narrow the options down to a final “best solution” to be presented in a Liquid Waste Management Plan Stage III report.
A second phase of public engagement will be held in the Fall of 2021 when the District will share the draft Liquid Waste Management Plan Stage III report and gather input to confirm the identified best solution and overall direction for liquid waste management, including the resources that will be required to achieve the liquid waste management goals.
There will be several opportunities for community input. You can start now by submitting a question or comment, apply to be on the public advisory committee, fill in the survey and attend the virtual town hall.
See full list of key dates listed on the project page.
What is included in a Liquid Waste Management Plan?
Storm water, septic systems, sewer collection and treatment are all addressed in a Liquid Waste Management Plan.