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Water Quality Advisory for Killiney Beach Water System   - August 6, 2020

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a precautionary Water Quality Advisory for customers of the Killiney Beach water system.

The advisory affects 290 properties serviced in the Killiney Beach subdivision located off Westside Road.

Turbidity in the water system source has resulted in water quality that might impact children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Roadside sign notices will be in place advising of the water advisory.

Regional District staff recommends that as a precaution those customers and any others who may wish to take additional precautions should follow Interior Health guidelines. All water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.

This water quality advisory will continue until turbidity returns to normal operating levels within acceptable Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

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 provides water to just over 1,000 properties in the following areas: Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Star Place/Dietrich, Westshore Estates and Upper Fintry - Shalal Road - Valley of the Sun.

Links to Interior Health Information:

Drinking Water Advisory Map
https://drinkingwaterforeveryone.ca/advisorymap/
Water Advisories and Notifications
www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/DrinkingWater/Pages/AdvisoriesNotifications.aspx
Turbidity
www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/DrinkingWater/Documents/turbidity.pdf
Drinking Water
www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/DrinkingWater/Pages/default.aspx
 

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Killiney Beach Water System Upgrade  - August 5, 2020

Over the next two months you will notice crews working on infrastructure upgrades to the Killiney Beach Water System near the Udell Road and Keithley Road intersection. The project includes the replacement of the existing Udell Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) and associated watermain. 

Residents in the Udell area and motorists may experience some minor inconveniences during the construction planned for weekdays between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM. Please obey flag people and signage that you encounter along roads in the area during construction.

The project has been able to move ahead thanks in part to the remaining financial support from the New Build Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund from the Federal and Provincial Governments following the recent watermain, reservoir, and control buildings improvements. 

A service interruption to the impacted properties in the Udell Road area will be required as part of the project and will be communicated to residents in advance once it has been scheduled. 

The Regional District currently operates and maintains six water systems servicing more than 1,000 properties in the Sunset Ranch, Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun, Falcon Ridge, and Trepanier areas.

For more information please contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@cord.bc.ca 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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Westshore Estates Water System Flushing - August 5, 2020

Customers of the Regional District Westshore Estates water system should be aware of plans to flush water mains. 

Starting Thursday, August 6 through Friday, August 14, RDCO Engineering Services staff will be flushing mains weekdays between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. 

Roadside notice boards will be put up in advance of crews working in a particular area of the water system that services approximately 270 properties in the Westshore Estates subdivision, located off Westside Road. 

Flushing ensures continued optimum water quality and removes any sediment deposits that may accumulate over time throughout the systems.

When flushing is taking place, water pressure can vary slightly and there may be some slight discoloration in the water.   Please check your water prior to use. We recommend that you avoid doing laundry when flushing is taking place in your area. If you experience discoloration, run the cold water tap until the water runs clear.

Customers will find more information and answers to questions they might have about the Regional District Water Main Flushing Program on the Water Systems webpage rdco.com/water.

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New Playground for Traders Cove Regional Park - July 31, 2020

We’ll soon move into a new era in playground equipment at Traders Cove Regional Park, along Westside Road.

After the BC Day long weekend, a modern, new playground will be installed in the 13.5- hectare waterfront park.  It’ll take about two weeks to complete and while the work is underway, the playground area will be closed.  The old playground equipment was removed earlier this spring.

Once installed, children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years will be able to enjoy a new dual-bay swing set (four swings), two slides, climbing apparatus and a play fort structure with a safety approved wood fibre surface below.

The cost of the new play structure is just over $71,000.

Later this fall, the park picnic shelter is slated to be replaced.

The Regional District protects over 2,100 hectares in 30 regional and 20 community parks for the enjoyment of all Central Okanagan residents.  We encourage you to visit rdco.com/pickapark and get started on your next adventure!

Please remember for everyone’s continued safety to follow physical distancing and good hygiene whenever using playground equipment.

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

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Curbside Mosquito Control Treatments - Round 2 - July 30, 2020

The second round of catch basin mosquito control hits the streets of many Central Okanagan neighbourhoods next week.

Weather permitting from Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, Regional District Mosquito Control program crew wearing high visibility vests will be driving scooters or vehicles with Mosquito Control signage, dropping water soluble pouches containing an environmentally approved mosquito larvicide into the catch basins.

Approximately 11,000 roadside catch basins will be treated as part of the RDCO Mosquito Control Program.  Catch basin treatments were also done in early July.

Learn more about this program and how you can help reduce mosquito breeding sites around your property at rdco.com/mosquitoes.

The Regional District provides nuisance mosquito control services in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, the Sunset Ranch community in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and a small section of West Kelowna Estates in the City of West Kelowna.

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Stage 2 Outdoor Irrigation Returns for Falcon Ridge - July 30, 2020

The Regional District thanks customers of the Falcon Ridge water system for their co-operation during the recent Stage 4 outdoor irrigation ban.

Effective immediately, the system is now back on Stage 2 outdoor watering.  That means irrigation is allowed two days each week based on the odd/even street address number.  If customers don’t need to water gardens and lawns on their allotted day and time period, please don’t waste water. By following the outdoor watering restrictions, residents will help ensure that system reservoir is replenished and there’s an adequate water supply for everyone.

The system serves 55 properties off Highway 33 south. 

Equipment issues on the system earlier this week have been resolved and with adherence to the Stage 4 outdoor watering ban the reservoir has returned to a level that allows normal indoor and outdoor water use for this time of year. 

The Regional District maintains and operates six water systems servicing just over 1,000 connections in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral 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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No Smoking or Fires in RDCO Parks - July 29, 2020

This morning (July 29) a potentially dangerous situation was averted in Glen Canyon Regional Park.

Regional Parks staff found and extinguished a campfire near the park entrance along Upper Smith Creek Road.  West Kelowna Fire Rescue also attended.

With a rising fire hazard and continued hot, dry conditions in the forecast, everyone is reminded that smoking, vaping, fires or open flames are not allowed any time in regional parks or RDCO Community Parks. If anyone in a park sees a fire, they should immediately call 9-1-1 to report it.

While the fines for anyone found violating the Regional Parks or RDCO Community Parks bylaws range from $250 to $1,000, the larger danger is that such activity could result in a serious fire that threatens nearby residential areas.

In addition to the regular signage at park entrances, special Fire Warning sandwich boards are being rotated around the regional park system reminding visitors of the fire hazard and that smoking and open fires are not allowed.

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.   Please be safe and remember to keep at least two metres between yourself and other visitors.

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Your Choice:  Online, Email, Phone or safe in-person visits - July 29, 2020

With the provincial COVID-19 Restart guidelines, the Regional District is providing limited, in-person service from its main KLO Road building in Kelowna.

While public visits are available weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, residents are encouraged whenever possible to save time and travel by continuing to contact staff by phone or email or seek out information online through the rdco.com website.  As well, customers requiring specialized services like development applications and building inspections should continue to arrange appointments with staff by phone or email.  A department directory is available at rdco.com/directory.

As the pandemic response has evolved, customers have readily adapted to online, email and telephone services.  As a result, there’s been a seamless transition in the provision of day to day services throughout the pandemic. It’s hoped that in the interest of everyone’s safety, people continue to utilize these convenient, available options.

In keeping with the public safety guidelines of the Province, Interior Health and WorkSafe BC, the RDCO has instituted a number of protocols for visitors to its administration building including:

  • A limit on the number of visitors to the building (if possible, one per party)
  • Personal hygiene requirements on entry
  • Increased daily cleaning and sanitation of common contact surfaces
  • Physical distancing in public areas and when dealing with staff
  • Directional signage and floor markers for customers requiring service
  • Installation of barriers to reduce potential transmission of the coronavirus

The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park is open Tuesday through Sunday for a maximum of five physically distanced visitors.  The RDCO Dog Pound at 890 Weddell Place is open with a maximum of one visitor and continues to encourage dog drop off/pick up services by appointment at 250-469-6284 or info-dogcontrol@rdco.com.

As health and safety guidelines evolve, the Regional District will adjust and update its customer service response to reduce potential spread of COVID-19.  For updates on the RDCO Response to COVID-19 visit rdco.com/covid-19.

Please contact other organizations providing services from the RDCO Kelowna office on their public accessibility. 

  • City of Kelowna KLO Community Policing Office Phone:  250-470-0600
  • Okanagan Basin Water Board Phone: 250-469-6270 website: obwb.ca/contact/
  • Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program Phone: 250-718-4096 email:  occp123@gmail.com   website: okcp.ca
  • Okanagan Film Commission   Phone: 250-717-0087 email: info@okanaganfilm.com   website:  okanaganfilm.com
  • Sterile Insect Release Program Phone: 800-363-6684 email: sirinfo@oksir.org   website: oksir.org

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - July 28, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, July 27.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting

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Firefighters Society Receives Large Donation - July 24, 2020

Two Central Okanagan realtors have made a generous donation to their fire first responders. 

Donna and Camille Steele of Royal LePage in Kelowna recently presented a cheque for $2,035 to the North Westside Fire Rescue Firefighters Society.

Acting Deputy Chiefs Shawn Barnes and Graeme Headley and Lieutenant Nic Cantryn received the donation on behalf of the Society.

Barnes, who is President of the Society says “the members of the fire department are extremely grateful for the substantial donation. It has even more significance as Donna’s family lives in one of the communities that we serve.  It means a lot to the department firefighters to know they are appreciated for their hard work.  They are dedicated to helping their neighbours and keeping them safe whenever duty calls.  The donation is timely and welcome as due to the ongoing pandemic, we aren’t able to hold the annual Firefighters Society fundraising community barbeque this year.” 

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Upgrades scheduled in two Regional Parks - July 23, 2020

Over the next month, several major repair projects will take place in two Central Okanagan Regional Parks.

Starting Monday, July 27 to Saturday, August 1, the Acorn bridge over Powers Creek in Glen Canyon Regional Park will be closed.  In addition, a section of the Glen Canyon Greenway trail will be closed for stair repairs mornings Monday through Friday next week north of the Doe Trail bridge from the Brown Road entrance.

Starting August 3 through approximately August 22, there will be scheduled closures for each of the three bridges along the Mission Creek Greenway between the Hollywood Road south and Field Road entrances of Scenic Canyon Regional Park:

  • August 3 – 8 – Smoothing Stones bridge
  • August 10 – 15 – Cedars bridge
  • August 17 – 22 – Friends bridge

The bridge work will see the wood decking removed and replaced, painting of the structures and bearing pad replacement at each end of the bridges.

The Regional District asks visitors to adjust their trail use plans according to the work schedule and planned bridge and trail closures.  Please follow any signage in place and stay out of closed areas. 

The Central Okanagan has 30 regional parks protecting over 2,100 hectares, many of which contain natural forested areas and may contain natural hazards.   Visit rdco.com/pickapark for more information.  For everyone’s safety please practice healthy hygiene and physical distancing by keeping at least two metres between yourself and other visitors.

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Multi-family Recycling Survey - July 21, 2020

Central Okanagan - Residents and managers of multi-family properties throughout the Central Okanagan are invited to participate in a survey designed to identify and understand barriers to participation in recycling programs. 

Greenstep Solutions is conducting the survey on behalf of the Regional District  of Central Okanagan.  “This survey is a way for the RDCO to better understand how multifamily residential properties are diverting their waste through commercial hauling services,” says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator for the Regional District. 

By offering feedback, both residents and property managers are able to have their voices heard when it comes to their waste diversion practices: what is working for them and what’s not, and where they would like to see improvement. The feedback received will offer the RDCO a better understanding of current recycling programs in multi-family residential properties, how individuals use them, and identify the real or perceived barriers to more effective waste diversion.

Once the results are compiled Stewart explains that “The RDCO aims to provide tools and support to multifamily residents and property managers that will raise awareness of existing programs and support them to improve their recycling practices.  This will further our goal of reducing the amount of garbage being sent to the local landfill."

To participate in the survey, please visit recyclesurvey.ca. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes of your time and all answers will remain anonymous. After completing the survey, you’ll have the option to enter a random draw for one of three $100 gift certificates for the local, Okanagan business of your choice.

If you or someone you know lives in a multi-family residential building, or if you are a property manager of this type of dwelling, please forward this survey link on to them.

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Volunteer Stewardship Opportunities - Updated July 31, 2020

Learn about invasive plants and do something positive to rid these nasty plants from a section of the Mission Creek Greenway Regional Park.

There are several opportunities coming up for volunteers through the RDCO Parks VIP Invasive Weed Management and Stewardship events.  View Activity Poster

A maximum of eight people can sign up to participate by removing weeds along a section of the popular recreational trail between (NEW) 9:00 am and 11:00 am on each of the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 15
  • Saturday, September 19

No experience is needed and training and equipment will be provided.  In order to ensure everyone’s safety, participants will be physically distanced at all times.

For more information or to register for this activity visit rdco.com/parksVIP

The RDCO Volunteers in Parks program has a variety of opportunities available for people who love the outdoors and want to help raise awareness and protect our 30 regional parks in the Central Okanagan.  There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover including 63 kilometres of formal regional park trails for visitors to use while practicing physical distancing.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - July 9, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, July 9.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.  As well, here's a link to the audio from the Governance and Services Committee meeting which was also held this morning.

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Grant Advances Regional Wellness and Poverty Reduction Strategy - June 23, 2020

A grant from the Union of BC Municipalities Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program will be used in the development of regional wellness and poverty strategy for the Central Okanagan.

The $149,000 grant awarded to the Regional District of Central Okanagan will be used to further the work that has been completed by regional community partners over the last several years and build on resources such as the Central Okanagan Community Wellness Analysis which provides baseline data and insights into poverty and wellness in the region and within each community.

RDCO Chair Gail Given says, “The Regional Board unanimously supported applying for the grant to develop a local strategy.  The regional focus and participation of all local governments, First Nations and key not-for-profit partners will provide considerable benefits to Central Okanagan communities. Working together as a region will also see efficiencies in resources, public engagement and involvement and advocacy.  Building and supporting Sustainable Communities is one of the key focuses identified in the Regional Board Strategic Priorities.  This strategy will go a long way in helping to achieve that goal.”

A Central Okanagan Community Wellness and Poverty Strategy will provide a coordinated, shared community framework around poverty reduction in the Central Okanagan while building capacity within and across the region for collaborative action. The strategy will identify actions and priorities to address poverty and wellness for the region, while also continuing to reflect the unique needs of each community.

RDCO will be partnering with United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) on the strategy development process. The strategy will be developed in consultation with the communities of the Central Okanagan and engagement opportunities will be forthcoming in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.

"Over the last 70 years, United Way SIBC has been committed to working together with community partners to address unignorable and complex social issues that impact the most vulnerable in our communities,” says Kahir Lalji, Executive Director of United Way SIBC. “We are excited and honoured to be working with the RDCO and other key partners on the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee to tackle this important work in our region.”

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - June 23 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, June 22.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Join the Mosquito Control Fight - June 19, 2020

Larval Mosquito control efforts have been underway in many Central Okanagan areas since mid April.  The cooler and wetter than normal weather has for the most part, helped to keep nuisance mosquitoes at bay.  But that may not last.

In the Central Okanagan mosquitoes usually peak between mid-June and the end of July.

While the Regional District Mosquito Control program keeps potential mosquito development sites in check, there are steps residents can take around their property to help reduce hatches.

  • 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

Duka Environmental Ltd. provides mosquito control services within those local areas that help fund the RDCO program.  President Curtis Fediuk says, “The program is designed to control, not eliminate mosquitoes.  From mid-April through September, our staff regularly sample over 200 known mosquito development sites.   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 larval development by monitoring, and if necessary treating approximately 11,000 roadside catch basins located along public roadways and residential streets.  These are treated by technicians using scooters.

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

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

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Driving Economic Recovery in the Central Okanagan - June 17, 2020

As many Central Okanagan businesses work towards re-opening their doors in alignment with the Province’s BC Restart Plan, the Regional Mayors’ and WFN Chief’s Economic Recovery Task Force (Economic Recovery Task Force) held its second meeting to develop actions to influence long-term economic recovery in the Central Okanagan.

While some industries like tourism and hospitality felt severe and immediate impacts, others have experienced or expect to experience delayed impacts over the next several months to years. In order to determine actions and tactics to position the regional economy for a strong recovery, it is imperative that Economic Recovery Task Force members have a clear understanding of industry challenges.

To support the Economic Recovery Task Force, the COEDC is hosting a series of Industry Roundtables throughout the months of May and June 2020. The roundtables, hosted through the COEDC Advisory Council with additional industry representation, focus on understanding the local economic impacts experienced by industry and identifying industry recovery needs.

To date, Industry Roundtables have been held for Small Business, Aerospace, Manufacturing and Construction and Development. Arts, Culture and Recreation and Post-Secondary Education roundtables will be held in late June. Industry outreach to the Agriculture and Technology sectors will follow.

The roundtable results called “Early Indicator Summaries” were presented to the Task Force on June 16, 2020 and are available to the public at investkelowna.com/taskforce.

Key Findings:

  • The Region’s strong economic strength and record setting growth over that past several years prior to the impacts of COVID-19 and positive Public Health response since March 2020 position the region to recover well long-term.
  • Summer visitors to the region are expected to decline and Central Okanagan businesses need ongoing, community support to survive. There are many local initiatives to make it easy for residents to support businesses. See investkelowna.com/blog
  • While federal and provincial programing and supports have been instrumental in stabilizing many local companies as they weather the adverse impacts of COVID 19, gaps exist and further action is necessary for businesses that have not qualified for support.
  • Local governments and Westbank First Nation have a role to play in collaborating, connecting with, and assisting the diverse industries in the Central Okanagan – the Economic Recovery Task Force is recognized by industry leaders for their leadership in implementing a regional approach to long-term economic recovery.

As a result of yesterday’s meeting, the Economic Recovery Task Force provided guidance in the development of a regional advocacy strategy to work with senior levels of governments to address gaps in some of the existing aid programs and to share specific issues and concerns identified by industry in the Roundtables. COEDC staff have begun work to develop and implement the strategy immediately.

“We know businesses across the Central Okanagan have experienced a variety of impacts from COVID-19. While some industries were impacted early on, others are only beginning to see impacts now” said Economic Recovery Task Force Co-Chair and RDCO Chair Gail Given. “The Early Indicator Reports received by the Economic Recovery Task Force yesterday provided a snapshot of the impact to date and what businesses need to help us understand the long-term recovery needs of the Region.”

“Direct industry intelligence allows us to respond effectively, communicate regional business needs and position ourselves for new economic opportunities like funding programs from senior governments as we work towards economic recovery.” said Economic Recovery Task Force Co-Chair and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. “These outcomes will lead to a regional advocacy strategy to ensure the voice of the Central Okanagan is heard.”

To keep up to date on the Economic Recovery Task Force actions and current resources for local businesses, visit the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission at investkelowna.ca.

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Stage 2 Outdoor Water Restrictions - June 15, 2020

Tomorrow marks the annual return to twice weekly outdoor water restrictions for customers of the six water systems Regional District of Central Okanagan water systems.

Unless otherwise noted, 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 if needed, 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.  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 6:00 am on their designated day, while those with manual outdoor irrigation must restrict their watering to between 6:00 and 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and midnight on their respective irrigation day. 

Between September 16 and June 15 – Stage 1 Restrictions are in place allowing 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 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 1,000 properties in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - June 12, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, June 11.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - May 25, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, May 25.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Bears are back - Take Responsibility for your Trash - May 7, 2020

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is sending out the spring reminder to do your part in keeping neighbourhoods safe by managing all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.

Conservation Officers confirm bears have already been spotted in several neighbourhoods from Peachland to West Kelowna and beyond. Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says that means it’s time to be extra vigilant. “This is the time of year bears come out of hibernation, hungry, and looking for food.  The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is to reduce your risk of conflict and take responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents to store waste and recycling carts inside a shed or garage and put carts out only on the morning 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 find your waste, they can make a real mess, but also become food conditioned. Then they can pose a risk to you and your family, your neighbours, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart says the Regional Waste Reduction Office in conjunction with their waste contractor E360s will be continuing with the next phase of a pilot project of fully automated bear resistant garbage carts in select neighbourhoods. “There have been some design issues with these new model carts, so testing on the upgraded versions will continue this spring. Dependent on the results of the pilot and how those carts stand up to bear activity, there may be new bear resistant cart options for residents later this year. Something to keep in mind though, the manufacturer stresses these automated bear carts are still only bear resistant, not 100 per cent bear proof, so managing your attractants carefully is still critical. 

Wildsafe BC has tips you can follow to keep wildlife wild and help prevent conflict:

  • Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before
  • Encourage neighbours to do the same, offer to help if they are not able to put garbage out at appropriate times
  • Secure your garbage on non- collection days- store it securely in your home or in a garage or shed
  • Consider freezing your kitchen scraps until the morning of collection day
  • Keep your barbeque clean and covered
  • Pick ripe or fallen fruit immediately; if composting, or putting in yard waste cart, ensure they are secured from wildlife access
  • use birdbaths to attract birds, rather than 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/about/.    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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Document Download Problems? 

Recently the Regional District has become aware of periodic problems regarding the inability of some users of our website to open Adobe PDF documents that had been previously accessible.  They've received an error notice saying that the document they were trying to open is not available. 

We understand that the problem has been caused by a recent Microsoft Internet Explorer Security update.  This update on the user's computer has broken the ability of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and access previously downloadable PDF documents in Internet Explorer. 

Should this problem occur on your computer system, please download and install the latest free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You can find this by following this link:  http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html or by clicking on the Adobe Reader icon on the bottom right corner on each page of our website. 

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your continued support of the Regional District of Central Okanagan website. 

For information or queries about our website please contact:  webmaster@cord.bc.ca 

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