Dawson Creek looking to borrow $3.5 million for new reservoir

Tyra Henderson, Deputy Director of Corporate Administration, explains that the proposed reservoir would be located in the northwest corner of the city to service current and anticipated development in that area. 

“It will allow us to provide sufficient water flows and pressures in the northwest corner of town, because that’s a rapidly developing corner of town,” she argues, “and we don’t have a water storage facility up there. We have one in the northeast, but not in the northwest.” 

That will be beneficial as water will be pumped downhill, instead of uphill from other facilities, which is more expensive. 

The up to $3.5 million would be repayable over 10 years, with an annual debt servicing payment of around $466,000 that would be funded by water user fees. The borrowing bylaw has been looked over by the Ministry of Community Services, and residents now have a month to speak up if they want the City to hold a referendum, instead of just a petition process. 

Henderson explains that holding a referendum is more costly and timely, so the petition process is typically done first. Any eligible Dawson Creek voters who would prefer that it go to referendum for approval must complete submit an Elector Response Form, which can be found here, by 4:30 pm on July 30, 2013 to: 

Director of Corporate Administration

10105 – 12A Street

Dawson Creek, B.C.

V1G 3V7 

Another reservoir was proposed during the City’s Sure Water campaign that would have been more like a small lake outside the city. 

“It was supposed to cover almost a whole quarter section of land that would have been outside city limits to store raw water so that we had more water stored in case of a drought,” clarifies Henderson. 

15 per cent of respondents to a survey felt that would be the best way to ensure water security for the area, while the most popular choice was building a costly new pipeline, with 66 per cent of the vote. Council is taking the results of the campaign under consideration.

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