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Take responsibility for your garabage - keep bears out - September 17, 2021

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is reminding residents-please do your part to keep your neighborhood safe by managing all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.

Conservation Officers confirm this has been an extremely active bear season with higher than normal bear sightings and complaint calls, due partly to the wildfires across the region but also extreme drought conditions sending bears searching new locales for food.  CO’s have received a much higher than normal call volume with bears regularly spotted in several neighborhoods from South East Kelowna to West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says now is the time to be extra careful and manage  our behaviour accordingly.  “This is the time of year bears amp up their foraging to build fat stores for winter denning. The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is - reduce your risk of conflict- take responsibility for your garbage.”

Stewart reminds residents to store garbage securely, and only put your garbage out the day of pickup, not the night before. “Bears in particular, but other animals as well, have a keen sense of smell. The idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they have access to your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but they can become food conditioned. Then they pose a risk to you and your family and pets, your neighbors, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart adds the Regional Waste Reduction Office in conjunction with waste contractor E360s is now into the final phase of a bear cart pilot project testing various models of bear resistant garbage carts in select neighborhoods throughout the region.  “Dependent on the results of the pilot and how those carts have been standing up to bear activity, there may be bear resistant cart options for residents by spring of next year.”

As part of a pilot project this year with the Regional District, the WildSafeBC Central Okanagan program has been working right across the region to monitor carts out the night before, and bear and wildlife activity in general, as well as providing education across the region for residents. WildSafeBC Coordinator, Meg Bjordal says “It’s important for residents to understand that they have a critical role in preventing conflicts with bears and other wildlife, which is through attractant management”.

WildSafeBC has great tips you can follow to help keep wildlife wild and the community safe:

  • Secure your garbage – store it in a secure location indoors or a bear-resistant enclosure. Also secure Yard Waste cart if it contains fruit.
  • Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before
  • Encourage neighbors to do the same, offer to help if needed
  • Consider freezing your kitchen waste until the morning of collection day
  • Manage your fruit trees, pick ripe & fallen fruit immediately
  • Maintain your compost so it doesn’t smell. Add fruit slowly. No meat/dairy.
  • Use birdbaths and houses to attract birds, instead of bird feeders

Please report human-bear conflicts to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the WildSafeBC website: https://wildsafebc.com/species/black-bear/.  For additional inquiries, visit rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

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Final two RDCO parks reopen and BBQ's - September 17, 2021 

As seasonal weather conditions return, the region’s fire hazard has decreased.  In light of this, two RDCO parks that were closed as to assist those fighting the Mt. Law and White Rock Lake wildfires are once again open.

Visitors are welcome again at Coldham Regional Park and Killiney Beach Community Park.

As well, with the reduced fire danger and appropriate safety precautions, propane fuel barbeques are allowed again in all RDCO parks.  Visitors are reminded that Charcoal and briquette barbeques along with smoking, vaping, fires or open flames are not allowed any time in regional parks or RDCO community parks.

If you see a fire in any of our parks, immediately call 9-1-1 to report it.

The Regional District thanks all residents for their support in keeping Regional and Community parks safe during this summer’s extreme conditions.

There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover in 30 regional and 20 RDCO community parks.  Find all the locations at rdco.com/pickapark.  

For more information contact Parks Services at 250-469-6232 or email parks@rdco.com.

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RDCO extends Stage 2 outdoor watering - September 16, 2021

Due to the Okanagan’s extreme drought conditions, the Regional District of Central Okanagan is keeping its water systems on a Stage 2 outdoor irrigation program.

The Star Place/Dietrich, Falcon Ridge, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore Estates systems have been at Stage 2 since June 16 when the RDCO systems normally move to the twice a week outdoor watering schedule.

The Killiney Beach water system is also now at a Stage 2, twice a week outdoor irrigation.  Until today, all outdoor watering had been prohibited (Stage 4) due to the impact of White Rock Lake wildfire fire suppression efforts.  While a Do Not Consume notice continues for people and pets living on approximately 295 properties on the Killiney system, the water may be used for irrigating lawns, plants and gardens.

Stage 2 means outdoor watering is restricted for customers of those systems to two days each week. Those with even number addresses may water outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses may only irrigate outside on Sunday and Wednesday. And given the drier than normal conditions this year and severe drought designation by Agriculture Canada, if you don’t need to water gardens and lawns on your allotted day and time period, please don’t waste water. By following the outdoor watering restrictions, residents will help ensure that system reservoirs are replenished and there’s an adequate water supply for everyone.

The Regional District Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370 outlines the hours for automated and manual outdoor irrigation. Customers with automated sprinklers should only water between midnight and 6 a.m. on their designated day, while those with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering to between 6 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and midnight on their respective irrigation day. 

When conditions allow, customers will be notified when Stage 1 alternate day irrigation is allowed, based on their odd/even address number.  Unless other outdoor watering restrictions are in place, normally Stage 1 watering takes place from September 16 until June 15 each year.

For more tips on water conservation inside and outside your home, visit the Regional District Water System webpage at rdco.com/water.  Customers may also sign up there to receive email notifications of any water advisories or special maintenance works affecting their water system.

The Regional District maintains and operates six community water systems serving just over 1,100 properties in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.

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Fridge/Freezer disposal update for North Westside residents - September 14, 2021

For North Westside Road residents affected by the White Rock Lake Wildfire, please be advised that booking curbside collection of fridges and freezer will end at noon on Thursday, September 16th. All affected residents that have not had their fridge or freezer collected should call 1-855-238-9350 by noon Thursday.

Residents can drop off fridges or freezers to the gravel pit above the North Westside Transfer Station on Sugar Loaf Mountain Forest Service Road no later than noon on Friday

“We’re pleased to offer our communities three more days of free curbside pickup collection. It has been a well used service and approximately 600 fridges and freezers have been collected since re-entry. We expect to collect a few hundred more before the service ends on Friday, September 17. Residents must call the contractor by Thursday, September 16 to book their pick- up. After Friday, any uncollected fridges of freezers will need to be emptied and properly disposed by their owners,” said Travis Kendel, Manager of Engineering Services.

(Please do not put your fridges or freezers outside until just before your pick-up time to avoid attracting wildlife).

There will be no extensions or additional pickups of fridges/freezers curbside after end of day Friday September 17.

Alternate Fridge/Freezer Disposal Options:

For disposal options after Friday September 17th, please take your fridge/freezer to the any one of the following disposal locations for free drop off.

Please note, fridges and freezers must be cleaned and emptied of all contents prior to drop off at any of the following facilities.

  • Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre 2640 Asquith Road, West Kelowna (Regular tipping fees will apply for food stuffs and all other materials)
  • Planet Earth Recycling, 1400 Industrial Road, West Kelowna
  • Glenmore Landfill, 2710 John Hindle Drive, Kelowna
  • Save fridges/freezers for free drop off at the Fall Bulky Collection Event, North Westside Road Transfer Station , mid October, dates to be determined

The North Westside Transfer Station on Sugar Loaf Mountain Forest Service Road will continue to remain open daily 8am until 12 noon for the month of September.

The extended hours are designed to give North Westside residents additional access to the facility and support clean up and recovery work.  To accommodate the extra material at the site, the transfer station will be closed each afternoon to deal with the influx of waste and make space for the following day. The facility will return to normal operating hours October 1st.

The North Westside Rd Transfer Stations is set up to receive unlimited volumes of bagged household waste and non-burnt yard waste. The transfer station cannot take building materials, furniture, or large appliances, such as fridges and freezers. Hazardous material and demolition waste such as wood from damaged structures or burnt vehicles cannot be accepted.

The North Westside Transfer Station is only open to RDCO residents, property owners and tenants. For residents outside the Regional District of Central Okanagan please contact your local government. 

For a detailed disposal guide on how to manage your cleanup efforts visit www.rdco.com/recovery for Return to Home information. For additional recovery information, call the RDCO recovery office at 250-469-6111.

For additional disposal options visit rdco.com/recycle.

For more information on where to take materials for recycling contact the RDCO Waste Reduction Office at recycle@rdco.com or 250-469-6250.

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Ellison Fire seeks new members - September 13, 2021

Whenever there’s a neighbor in need, members of the Ellison Fire Department are always ready to answer the call for help!

If you’d like to join them, they’d welcome hearing from you during the fall recruitment drive.  Applications are being accepted until 4 p.m. Friday, October 15 for new members of the Ellison Fire Department.

Prospective members must live within eight kilometers of Station 61 - 4411 Old Vernon Road.  As well, they must be between the ages of 19 and 65 and in good physical condition.

If you’re interested in becoming an Ellison paid-on-call firefighter please call 250-469-6155 or email ellison.chief@rdco.com and include your name, phone number and email address.  Potential recruits will be contacted regarding the next steps involved in joining the department.   Applications and recruitment information is also available for downloading and printing on the RDCO website rdco.com/firerecruit

Interviews and physical testing for potential candidates will take place later this fall.  Training will be provided for successful applicants during the department’s regular Monday evening or weekend sessions.

Ellison fire is one of four paid-on-call fire departments of the Regional District which also provides medical first response and fire protection services for the Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing fire protection areas.

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Westshore Estates Water Quality Advisory removed - September 13, 2021

After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has rescinded a Water Quality Advisory for customers of the Westshore Estates water system in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.                           

The precautionary advisory affecting approximately 289 properties has been in place since August 9 following a power outage and firefighting suppression efforts related to the White Rock Lake wildfire.  Since then, required bacterial tests are negative in accordance with Canadian guidelines for drinking water quality.  Last week a similar advisory was removed for 147 customers of the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun water system. 

Do Not Consume notice remains in effect for approximately 295 customers connected to the Killiney Beach water system as a result of damage caused by the wildfire.  RDCO Engineering staff are working to restore safe drinking water service.  Killiney Beach customers should only use a safe alternative such as bottled or distilled water or water provided by the RDCO at a self-service filling station located at the corner of Westside Road and Firwood Road from the Upper Fintry system. While water from the Killiney Beach system should not be consumed, it is okay to use for household cleaning, bathing and flushing toilets.

The Regional District provides water service to just over 1,100 connections in six service areas. 

For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (rdco.com/water) or contact RDCO Engineering Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

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Weekend Kokanee Salmon Interpretation - September 10, 2021

The turning leaves and ripening fruit means it’s that time of year to learn about the land-locked cousin of the Sockeye. Kokanee spawning season has begun!

Each weekend until October 10, park interpreters will be on-site at Mission Creek and Hardy Falls Regional Parks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Every Saturday and Sunday, these experts will help you discover the importance of the fall spawning phenomenon and the life cycle of Kokanee salmon. Bring your questions and gain some fishy knowledge!

For everyone’s safety, please continue to practice physical distancing when visiting our regional parks.  As well, be alert for bears and other wildlife and remember that people and pets should stay out of area creeks.

For more information visit the Regional District website, rdco.com/parksevents, or you can contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

The Regional District offers more than 2,100 hectares of parkland including 74 kilometres of formal trails in 30 regional parks for visitors to safely explore while practicing physical distancing.  Visit rdco.com/pickapark to plan your next outing.

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Bear Watch Underway In RDCO Parks - September 10, 2021

With ripening fruit in Central Okanagan orchards and vineyards and spawning Kokanee salmon returning to streams, as expected reports and sightings of bears is increasing.

“This is the time of year that our field staff and visitors to Central Okanagan Regional Parks start seeing more signs that bears are around” says RDCO communications officer Bruce Smith.  “As sightings and evidence of their presence rise, we post signs in affected parks identifying that bears may be active in the area.”

He says “If possible visitors should travel in a group and make some noise to alert any bears to your presence.  As the fall Kokanee salmon spawning season ramps up visitors may encounter bears bulking up on this food source in local creeks and streams.  Bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the creek water.   If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it.”  Also please keep children and pets out of spawning streams.

It’s important to raise your bear awareness at this time of year in order to avoid encounters with as bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs.  Bears also have excellent senses of smell and hearing and better sight than you might believe.  Unless otherwise designated, dog owners are reminded their pets must be leashed and kept on trails at all times in order to avoid any potentially serious wildlife encounter. (Safety Guide to Wildlife in Regional Parks)

The RDCO Waste Reduction Office and WildSafeBC Central Okanagan remind all residents to reduce potential human-bear conflicts by securely storing any garbage and only placing their garbage cart out on the morning of their regular curbside collection.  That helps to prevent attracting bears or other wildlife.  WildSafeBC has more tips for bear awareness and wildlife safety on properties.

When visiting RDCO parks please follow current pandemic health regulations.  There are 73 kilometers of formal trails in 30 regional parks, many of which are naturally protected forested areas and may contain natural hazards.   Visit rdco.com/pickapark for more information. 

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Campfire ban continues across the Central Okanagan - September 10, 2021

A ban on campfires continues across the Central Okanagan. This even though as of noon today they are allowed outside of fire protection areas within the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Central Okanagan fire chiefs agree that the continued high fire danger rating and ongoing dry conditions mean the campfire ban will continue. Until there is a significant reduction in the danger rating and in light of recent wildfires affecting the Central Okanagan, it’s prudent to keep the campfire prohibition in place.  Campfires have not been allowed in the region since June 30.

The campfire ban affects all local government fire jurisdictions in the Regional District of Central Okanagan including the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing service areas in the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.  Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna. 

Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint.  Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

Fire departments throughout the Central Okanagan remind residents and visitors that all smoking materials should be fully extinguished and motorists are reminded to use ashtrays and not throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle.

Please remember that smoking is not allowed in any local parks in the Central Okanagan.    Smoking is also prohibited in children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland.

In addition, to prevent accidental fires and injuries, all fireworks are banned within the Central Okanagan, unless specifically permitted by a local fire department.  As well, all open burning has been prohibited within the Central Okanagan since April 30.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - September 9, 2021

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, September 9 including information about partial fee relief for customers of three North Westside RDCO water systems affected by evacuations for the White Rock Lake wildfire.

When available, here's where you will find links to view a recording of the:

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Killiney Beach water system pressure fluctuation - September 8, 2021

Engineering staff from the Regional District of Central Okanagan continue efforts to repair the Killiney Beach water system.  Engineering Services manager Travis Kendel says we recognize the inconvenience this is causing for residents and appreciate their patience, support and understanding as we move as quickly as possible to restore safe drinking water service.

The system was compromised during White Rock Lake structural fire suppression efforts.

Customers are advised that while repair work is underway, they may experience fluctuating levels of water pressure.  The water may be used for household cleaning, bathing and flushing toilets but must not be consumed. 

The Do Not Consume notice, affecting approximately 295 properties, remains in effect and water should not be used for drinking, making beverages, brushing teeth or in food preparation.  For safety please use bottled or distilled water or water provided by the RDCO from the Upper Fintry system at a free, self-service filling station located at the corner of Westside Road and Firwood Road.

The notice will remain in effect until testing confirms water quality is once again within acceptable Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.  The system is also under a Stage 4 restriction which prohibits all outdoor irrigation and watering gardens.

For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (rdco.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

The Regional District’s six water systems provide service to just over 1,100 connections for residents in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas. 

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Gellatly Nut Farm Harvest And Sales - September 8, 2021

For the second year in a row, COVID-19 is affecting fundraising nut sales at Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park.  The first hazelnuts of the season are already falling to the ground and ready to be purchased.

The proceeds are used by the non-profit Gellatly Nut Farm Society to assist with upkeep and improvements in the popular four-hectare waterfront regional park and working nut orchard off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna.

In light of the ongoing pandemic health and safety restrictions, Society volunteers will not initially open the nut house store this year.  Any change for October and November will be based on health guidelines at the time.  Instead, anyone wishing to purchase nut varieties are asked to self-harvest:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands before and after nut harvesting
  • Wear a mask and keep at least two metres between yourself and others in the orchard and park
  • Bring your own bags
  • Pick from the ground only.  Please do not climb trees. Nuts fall to the ground when they are ripe and ready for harvest
  • Cost:
    • Small bucket (one pound): $5.00
    • Large bucket (four pounds): $20.00
  • Payment must be made by either:
    • E-transfers to nutfarm@shaw.ca (Payments made this way will be automatically accepted – no need for a security question)
    • Cash must be deposited into the payment box at the house near the Whitworth Road park entrance.  The Society is unable to accept any other form of payment.

Nuts that are not paid for upon leaving the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park, may result in a $500 fine under the Regional Parks bylaw 1427.

Anyone that would like to purchase a special wood bowl or cutting board made from orchard wood is asked to contact the Society at 250-470-0999 or 250-768-5960.

For more information about the park, nut harvest and Nut Use and Care visit rdco.com/gellatlynutfarm.

The Regional District maintains and operates 30 regional parks and 20 RDCO community parks for residents to safely enjoy. Find all the locations at rdco.com/pickapark.  There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover in RDCO parks including 63 kilometres of formal regional park trails for visitors to use while practicing physical distancing.

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Upper Fintry Water Quality Advisory Removed - September 7, 2021

After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has rescinded a Water Quality Advisory for customers of the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun water system in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.       

The precautionary advisory affecting approximately 147 properties has been in place since August 8 following a power outage and firefighting suppression efforts related to the White Rock Lake wildfire.  Since then, the system has been flushed and required bacterial tests are negative in accordance with Canadian guidelines for drinking water quality. 

Customers of the Westshore Estates water system are reminded that a Water Quality Advisory continues until further notice, also due to the wildfire and it’s recommended those with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly should boil all water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth for at least one minute or as a safe alternative, use bottled or distilled water.

Do Not Consume notice remains in effect for approximately 295 customers connected to the Killiney Beach water system as a result of damage caused by the wildfire.  These residents should only use a safe alternative such as bottled or distilled water or water provided by the RDCO at a self-service filling station located at the corner of Westside Road and Firwood Road from the Upper Fintry system. While water from the Killiney Beach system should not be consumed, it is okay to use for household cleaning, bathing and flushing toilets.

The Regional District provides water service to just over 1,000 connections in six service areas.

For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (rdco.com/water) or contact RDCO Engineering Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

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Many RDCO Parks Reopen As Local Fires Subside - September 7, 2021

The White Rock Lake and Mt. Law wildfires are now both classified as “under control” by BC Wildfire.  With changes in Evacuation Alerts and Orders in many areas, residents have been returning to their neighbourhoods. Many of the parks in those areas are also being reopened today after assessments confirm they are safe for the public to visit. 

These include community parks in Central Okanagan West Electoral Area:

And Regional Parks in Peachland and West Kelowna:

Remaining closed until final safety assessments are complete are:

The Regional District offers more than 2,100 hectares of parkland including 74 kilometres of formal trails in 30 regional parks for visitors to safely explore while practicing physical distancing.  Visit rdco.com/pickapark to plan your next outing.

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North Westside Transfer Station Open Daily - updated September 9, 2021

As residents return home after the White Rock Lake Wildfire, the North Westside Road transfer station is open daily from 8am until noon starting Saturday, September 4 until the end of the month.

The extended hours are designed to give residents additional access to the facility and support clean up and recovery work.  To accommodate the extra material at the site, the transfer station will be closed each afternoon to deal with the influx of waste and make space for the following day. The facility will return to normal operating hours October 1st

The North Westside Transfer Station is only open to RDCO residents, property owners and tenants. For residents outside the Regional District of Central Okanagan please contact your local government.

There will be no limit on the volume of bagged household waste impacted households can dispose at this time. The North Westside Rd Transfer Station is set up to receive bagged waste and non-burnt yard waste. The transfer station cannot take building materials, furniture, or large appliances, such as fridges and freezers. Hazardous material and demolition waste such as wood from damaged structures or burnt vehicles cannot be accepted.

For a detailed disposal guide on how to manage your cleanup efforts visit www.rdco.com/recovery for Return to Home information.

RE Disposal of Fridges and Freezers:

Residents are asked to confirm with their Insurer before disposing of fridges or freezers. Once collected, they cannot be returned.

Cost-free curbside pick-up of ruined fridges and freezers is available until Tuesday, September 14th  the last day for scheduled pick-ups.  Call 1-855-238-9350 to arrange and schedule your curbside pick-up by the September 14 deadline. Please do not put fridges or freezers outside until just before your pick-up time to avoid attracting wildlife.

For those unable to coordinate during this time, call the RDCO recovery office a 250-469-6111 (after Monday September 6th) and a location for free drop off will be provided to you. Please note the Glenmore Landfill will not receive refrigerators or fridges containing food waste. 

Self drop off of fridges and freezers will be permitted September 9th and 10th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the gravel pit 1 km past the North Westside Rd transfer station. Fridges and Freezers will not be accepted at the Transfer Station

For alternate disposal options the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre (2640 Asquith Road, West Kelowna) can accept large appliances and furniture but does not take electronics, small appliances or building materials. Please note this facility will not receive fridges or freezers containing food waste and normal rates and site rules remain in place for this facility.  Please use the North Westside transfer station and RDCO Fridge/freezer curbside collection service (1-855-238-9350) for cost-free disposal.  

The North Westside Transfer Station was closed August 2nd due to the White Rock Lake wildfire. Residents that would normally use that solid waste and recycling disposal facility were directed to use the Traders Cove transfer station at the intersection of Bear Lake Main and Westside Road. Residents of the North Westside can continue to access both the North Westside Transfer Station and the Traders Cove facility.

The Traders Cove Transfer Station is open for regular operating hours, Wednesday 6:30 -11;30 am, Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Please visit the website at rdco.com/disposal locations or more information on materials that are accepted at Traders Cove.

For additional disposal options visit rdco.com/recycle. For additional resources on returning home, please visit www.cordemergency.ca/ resources.

For more information on where to take materials for recycling contact the RDCO Waste Reduction Office at recycle@rdco.com or 250-469-6250.

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Do Not Consume Notice for Killiney Water System - September 2, 2021

In consultation with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) has issued a Do Not Consume Notice for residents served by the Killiney Beach water system. The water system has been damaged by the White Rock Lake wildfire.

This affects more than 280 properties serviced in the Killiney Beach subdivision located off Westside Road.

Until further notice the RDCO and Interior Health recommend that all Killiney Beach water customers find a safe alternative. Boiling water will not make it safe.

This water should not be used for drinking, making beverages, brushing teeth or food preparation. All water users are advised to use an alternate source of water or bottled water for the above purposes.

It is okay to use the water for household cleaning, bathing and flushing toilets. The water in your hot water tank would also be unsafe for consumption. Please consult a qualified plumber before draining your hot water tank.

For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (rdco.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

The Regional District’s six water systems provide service to just over 1,100 connections for residents in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas. 

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Kelowna to host Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) branch - August 5, 2021

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, has announced details of the newly established Pacific Economic Development Agency (PacifiCan) including a Kelowna branch location. The Kelowna PacifiCan office will help the Central Okanagan region, one of Canada’s fastest growing regions, to build on economic recovery momentum and play a key role in Canada’s economic recovery.

“As Canada’s most entrepreneurial region and a leader in economic recovery, Kelowna and the Central Okanagan is a natural fit for a branch office of PacifiCan” said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. “This new agency and branch will build on existing momentum in our economy and ultimately create more meaningful engagement between regional businesses and the Federal government.”

Since the announcement of a Regional Development Agency focusing on the needs of British Columbia in 2020, regional partners including the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC), UBC Okanagan, Accelerate Okanagan and Chambers of Commerce have advocated for a Central Okanagan office branch location.

“We are thrilled by today’s announcement of a PacifiCan office in the Central Okanagan. The Regional Economic Recovery Task Force has encouraged the Federal government to recognize the Central Okanagan’s economic strength by establishing a branch of the new agency in the region” said Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Chair Gail Given. “We’re gratified that Minister Joly has supported our request as demonstrated by today’s announcement.”

The Task Force, co-chaired by RDCO Chair Given and Kelowna Mayor Basran, was initiated by the Mayors of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland, as well as the RDCO Chair and Chief of Westbank First Nation. They recognized early in the pandemic that a regional approach was required to identify economic recovery needs, support businesses and advocate to higher levels of government for stimulus funding. The Task Force handed ongoing economic recovery work back to the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) in June, 2021.

To learn more about economic development in the Central Okanagan, local economic indicators and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission visit, investkelowna.ca.

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No Public Access To Killiney Beach Community Park - August 5, 2021

Members of the public are requested to stay out of the RDCO’s Killiney Beach Community Park.

The closure of the 5.6-hectare waterfront park located at the end of Hodges Road is needed so that North Westside Fire Rescue has unrestricted access in order to fill water tenders and fire trucks in response to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

RDCO Parks Services and the fire department thank all residents for their cooperation.

The Regional District offers more than 2,100 hectares of parkland including 74 kilometres of formal trails in 30 regional parks and 20 community parks for visitors to explore.  Visit rdco.com/pickapark to plan your next outing.

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Masks required inside RDCO facilities - July 29, 2021

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Central Okanagan, until further notice all visitors entering RDCO facilities are required to wear a mask or face covering.  We thank you for efforts to keep everyone safe and reducing spread and transmission of the virus.

See more details on this Interior Health public health measure.  

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - July 27, 2021

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting last evening, July 26. 

Here's a link to the revised meeting agenda in PDF and HTML formats and when available, a link to view a recording of the Regional Board meeting

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No BBQ's allowed in RDCO parks - July 23, 2021

Given the extremely dry conditions and high to extreme fire danger, effective immediately all barbeques are prohibited in RDCO regional and community parks.

Charcoal and briquette barbeques are never allowed in RDCO parks and in order to proactively prevent any fire from starting, until further notice, propane fueled barbeques are also prohibited.

Visitors are also reminded that smoking, vaping, fires or open flames are not allowed any time in regional parks or RDCO community parks.

If you see a fire in any of our parks, immediately call 9-1-1 to report it. 

New signs advising of the barbeque prohibition are being installed within the RDCO park system.  Violating the Regional Parks or RDCO Community Parks bylaws could result in a fine.  However, the greater danger is that violators could be responsible for starting a serious blaze that threatens our parks, amenities and nearby residents and homes.

There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover in 30 regional and 20 RDCO community parks.  Find all the locations at rdco.com/pickapark

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - July 9, 2021

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, July 9. 

When available, here's where you will find links to view a recording of the:

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Campfire ban across the Central Okanagan - June 28, 2021

Effective 12 p.m. this Wednesday, June 30, all campfires are prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities and electoral area Fire Service Areas. 

Due to extreme temperatures, dry conditions and the high-extreme fire danger rating, the campfire ban will remain in effect until further notice.

The campfire ban affects all local government fire jurisdictions in the Regional District of Central Okanagan including the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing service areas in the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.  Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna. 

Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint.  Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

Fire departments throughout the Central Okanagan remind residents and visitors that all smoking materials should be fully extinguished and motorists are reminded to use ashtrays and not throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle. 

Please remember that smoking is not allowed in any local parks in the Central Okanagan.  Smoking is also prohibited in children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland.

In addition, to prevent accidental fires and injuries, all fireworks are banned within the Central Okanagan, unless specifically permitted by a local fire department.  As well, all open burning has been prohibited within the Central Okanagan since April 30.

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Dry conditions and Emergency preparedness - June 23, 2021

With a fraction of the normal precipitation and scorching temperatures raising fire fears across the southern Interior, Central Okanagan emergency program urges residents to be prepared. 

Regional Emergency Program Coordinator Sandra Follack says preparing for an emergency before it happens can help reduce your stress level, should you receive notice of an evacuation or alert.

While our region has not experienced serious wildfires or flooding over the past couple of years, it doesn’t mean we can become complacent.

“Our region-wide emergency program is ready in the event we are needed to support first responders,” said Follack. “Individuals and families should be ready too in case they are required to leave their homes, often with only a few minutes’ notice. Having grab-and-go kits for your family and pets at home and in your vehicle can help ensure you have the basic supplies and essential items needed to survive at least 72 hours away from your home.”

Another important reason to be prepared is that if an area is on Evacuation Alert, you are expected to be prepared to leave at a moments notice. When an area is on Evacuation Order, you must leave immediately. Be prepared, know the risk, make a kit.

In the Central Okanagan and across the Province, the Emergency Support Services program now offers an online registration system for those who may be on Evacuation Alert or Order.  It allows households/people to self-register with the ESS organization online rather than in-person at an Evacuation Reception Centre.  In-person registration will still be available for those without computer access or in the event of a power outage affecting online services.

Visit the Regional Emergency program webpage at cordemergency.ca and click on the ‘Be Prepared’ link for information and links relating to a variety of potential emergencies.

Central Okanagan emergency officials encourage everyone to be safe with any fires or smoking materials, especially at this time of year when conditions are extremely dry.  In those areas that allow campfires, please keep them small and ensure that they are completely extinguished.  Campfires and other outdoor wood-burning appliances are never permitted at any time in the City of Kelowna.  As well, smoking is not allowed in any parks across the Central Okanagan. Motorists are reminded to properly dispose of any smoking materials in ashtrays and to not flick them from vehicle windows. 

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at cordemergency.ca and via Facebook (facebook.com/CORDEmergency) and Twitter (twitter.com/CO_Emerg). Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to sign up for the Central Okanagan Emergencies email updates to receive notifications from the Emergency program.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Emergency program is coordinated by the Kelowna Fire Department on behalf of the RDCO, the cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna, districts of Lake Country and Peachland and Westbank First Nation.

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Stage 2 outdoor water restrictions - June 15, 2021

Twice weekly outdoor water restrictions return tomorrow for customers of the water systems operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Each year from June 16 until September 15, Stage 2 water restrictions are in place for the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “Stage 2 means outdoor watering is restricted for customers of those systems to two days each week. Those with even number addresses may water outdoors on Saturday and Tuesday while those with odd addresses may only irrigate outside on Sunday and Wednesday. And given the drier than normal conditions this year and severe drought designation by Agriculture Canada, if you don’t need to water gardens and lawns on your allotted day and time period, please don’t waste water. By following the outdoor watering restrictions, residents will help ensure that system reservoirs are replenished and there’s an adequate water supply for everyone.”

The RDCO Water Systems Regulations Bylaw No. 1370 also outlines the hours for automated and manual outdoor irrigation. Customers with automated sprinklers should only water between midnight and 6 a.m. on their designated day, while those with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering to between 6 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and midnight on their respective irrigation day. 

Between September 16 and June 15 – Stage 1 Restrictions are in place.  This allows customers to water outdoors on alternating days based on their odd or even street address number.

For more tips on water conservation inside and outside your home, visit the RDCO Water System webpage at rdco.com/water. Customers may also sign up there to receive email notifications of any water advisories or special maintenance works affecting their water system.

The Regional District maintains and operates six community water systems serving just over 1,000 properties in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - June 10, 2021

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, June 10. 

When available, here's where you will find links to view a recording of the:

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Help reduce biting mosquitoes - June 7, 2021

You can be a mosquito bite fighter along with the Regional District Mosquito Control program.

While precipitation is lower than normal for this time of year, nuisance mosquitoes are still present.  As mosquitoes usually peak between mid-June and the end of July, steps you take now around your property can help make for fewer bites this summer.

Help reduce mosquito development and hatches by:

  • Remove any standing water sources and unused items that collect water such as old tires, plant pots or garbage cans - just a few millimetres of water is all that’s needed for mosquito larva to survive and hatch
  • Cover rain barrels with a screen so that mosquitoes can’t lay their eggs in the water 
  • At least twice a week change the water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet bowls
  • Remove any water that sits in unused swimming pools and on swimming pool covers
  • Aerate water in ponds or add fish that will feed on mosquito larvae

The RDCO Mosquito Control program says residents can also protect themselves in a number of ways:

  • Use approved repellents
  • Wear loose fitting, light coloured clothing
  • Minimize activities near treed and bushy areas at dawn and dusk when adult mosquitos are most active
  • Repair and replace any window screens to help prevent mosquitoes entering your home

For several years, trained professionals from Duka Environmental Limited have been providing mosquito control to the RDCO to those areas that help fund the program. 

President Curtis Fediuk says, “The program’s designed to control, not eliminate mosquitoes.  Following COVID safety measures, we’ve been out in the field since mid-April monitoring 280 known mosquito breeding locations.  When we find mosquito larvae developing, we apply a bacterial larvicide that controls the larva before they become biting adults.”

During July and August, the program also controls mosquito development by monitoring and if necessary treating more than 12,000 roadside catch basins located along public roadways and residential streets. 

Residents in the participating areas of the program (City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Central Okanagan East, Westbank First Nation and a small section of West Kelowna Estates in the City of West Kelowna) can report mosquito concerns by completing an online form at rdco.com/mosquitoes or calling Duka Environmental at 1-800-681-3472.

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