COK Wastewater Solids
As the population in the region increases, the cities of Kelowna and Vernon are working together to identify sustainable ways to manage the region’s growing supply of treated wastewater solids – and they want to hear from you.
Currently, the region’s 28,000 wet tonnes of treated wastewater solids are mixed with wood chips and composted at the Regional Biosolids Compost Facility to produce an organic soil amendment called OgoGrow.
The product, which is purchased by Okanagan gardeners, landscaping companies and construction contractors, generates important revenue for the cities and helps keep treated solid waste out of local landfills.
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Space limitations at the facility, wood chip supply challenges and the region’s increased production of wastewater solids have created a need for the cities to consider new processing methods, new beneficial end-use options and potential new markets.
The cities are looking for community input to the wastewater solids management planning process through stakeholder meetings and a survey that can be completed on the City of Kelowna and the City of Vernon websites and at the region’s three wastewater treatment facilities.
You can learn more about the options that are being considered and complete the Wastewater Solids Management Survey by visiting the City of Kelowna’s new public engagement site: getinvolved.kelowna.ca
With the annual spring melt underway, Interior Health is advising all homeowners with private wells to take appropriate steps to safeguard their drinking water.
When spring runoff flows into a well and mixes with the source water, there is significant risk of bacterial contamination.
· Consider whether their well is equipped to ensure their tap water is clean and safe.
· Ensure their wells are properly protected from flooding.
· Take appropriate water treatment measures and test their well water regularly to prevent water-borne illnesses caused by contamination of water with harmful bacteria such as E.coli.
A link to more resources is up on our news blog at Power 104 dot f-m
For information related to well water testing, please visit https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/well-water-testing.
The list of laboratories approved by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer for drinking water microbiology testing is available here: http://lmlabs.phsa.ca/Documents/PHO%20Approved%20Laboratory%20List.pdf.
The Interior Health website’s Drinking Water page also has a variety of information related to clean, safe, and reliable tap water, which can be found here: https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/DrinkingWater/Pages/default.aspx.
HealthLinkBC Well Water Testing file attached.
Interior Health is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and providing a wide range of quality health-care services to more than 740,000 people living across B.C.’s vast interior. For more information, visit www.interiorhealth.ca, follow us on Twitter @Interior_Health, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/interiorhealth.ca
COC Candidate Lunch
If you want to get an earful from the local candidates running in the coming provincial election…the Chamber of Commerce is holding an event.
The Pre-election Candidates Forum Chamber luncheon is set for Wednesday April 26th at the Ramada.
A link to get tickets is up on our news blog at Power 104 dot f-m.
3rd Annual Indoor Soccer Tournament
Big soccer tournament coming in up in the area…and forget the rain…it’s inside!
S?nsisyust?n House of Learning is hosting its 3rd Annual Indoor Soccer Tournament and it’s open to the pubic.
There will be 12 teams, with over 150 students, competing from 10 schools utilizing a 6-a-side format.
The event is this Thursday from 9-3 at Sensisyusten on Quail Lane in Westbank.
Okanagan College Skills Winners
Four Okanagan College students have punched their tickets to Winnipeg, MB to compete in the Skills Canada National Competition next month, after gold medal-winning performances at the provincial competition in Abbotsford last week. The four gold medalists were joined on the podium by eight more OC students who earned four silver and four bronze medals, in categories spanning a host of trades and technology disciplines, from Aerospace Technology to Refrigeration.
OC was the best in the province in the areas of Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Service, Carpentry and IT. Brendan Battersby, a second-year student in the College’s Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (NTEN) program won gold in IT – Network Systems Administration. Kurt Breton, a level 4 apprentice earned gold in Automotive Service, while Lukas Pfob, also a level 4 apprentice, took the top spot in Carpentry.
Andreas Roth, a level 3 apprentice, won gold in Automotive Collision Repair – a category swept by OC. Roth was joined on the podium by Caleb Loewen who brought home the silver medal and Marcel Kaemmerzell, who earned bronze.
Roth and his fellow Collision Repair competitors were evaluated on their skills across a variety of tasks, including welding, plastic and metal repair, and damage analysis over the 6.5-hour competition.
Collision Repair instructor Danny Marques said while preparation plays a big role in students’ success, it is their ability to perform under pressure that is the determining factor on competition day.
Overall, Okanagan College students captured a dozen medals at the competition, which was held on Wednesday, April 5 at The Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford. Other institutions that took part included Vancouver Island University, BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Camosun College, Northern Lights College, University of the Fraser Valley, Riverside College, Thompson Rivers University and Vancouver Community College.