Central Okanagan East Liquid Waste Management Plan

We often don't give much thought to what happens to the wastewater that flows from our sinks and toilets into our sewers or septic fields. Yet, planning for the management of these liquid wastes is the key to ensuring cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solutions for current and future use.

After a comprehensive public process, the Regional District of Central Okanagan developed a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) for the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (formerly known as Joe Rich/Ellison). This plan provides future direction for managing liquid waste from sewers and septic systems and preventing pollution over the next 20 years.  Map of Area.

Final Reports
During 2009, the Regional Board adopted the Final Reports making up the Liquid Waste Management Plan for Central Okanagan East.

What is a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP)?

This is a plan that charts the future course of action for the management, collection, treatment, and final disposal of sewage and other wastewaters in a given area.   It's developed through extensive and comprehensive public involvement and helps protect human health and the environment, while aiding in water conservation, reducing the amount of wastewater to manage, and addressing storm water issues.   
The LWMP complements the Official Community Plan and Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw for the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.

Comprehensive Public Participation

Public participation is mandatory to ensure the plan reflects the needs of the community, now and for the future. This is especially important as the implementation of any recommendations will be funded by those in the plan area.

To ensure that the interests of area residents are reflected in the plan, the Regional District established an Advisory Committee (AC) made up of area residents and technical and government representatives to oversee and provide input on the development of the plan.  The AC assisted opportunities for community feedback on any proposed options, such as open houses, public meetings, and internet access to information. Below you will find links to Advisory Committee meeting agendas, minutes, and background information.  Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.

Septic Tank Social Open Houses - Fall 2007

  • Presentation on preferred options for managing wastewater in the future, if and when sewage problems occur.

  • Newsletter, sent to all homes and businesses, provides an overview of the preferred options and information about the Open Houses.

  • Survey

  • Open House Display Panels providing and overview of the process and preferred options

Other Options Considered
Many options were considered during the process of developing this Liquid Waste Management Plan.  Click here for a presentation on the options that were reviewed and considered technically and economically impractical.

Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes and Presentations(document links will be posted when available)

November 27, 2007

May 9, 2007

April 3, 2007

January 17, 2007


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