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October 26 newsletter
A video recording of yesterday’s livestream wildfire recovery information session is available for anyone who may not have been able to watch it in real time.
To watch the live or recorded version of the information session, visit youtube.com/regionaldistrict.
These sessions are being held every two weeks to provide residents impacted by the wildfire with updates in key areas. The next session is planned for Tuesday, October 26 at 3 p.m.
In advance of that session you may email questions that you'd like to see addressed by going to rdco.com/recovery
Killiney Beach water system
The assessment of the complete system continues and we hope it will be complete by the end of this week. This will guide the actions needed to restore safe, potable drinking water.
Subject to the findings of this assessment and barring any unanticipated actions that may be needed, we hope to restore the system to normal by the end of October.
Residents health, safety and well-being is our #1 priority and we appreciate your ongoing patience while we work towards removing the Do Not Consume Notice, which remains in effect.
- We remind Killiney Beach customers the Do Not Consume Notice means the water is not safe to drink or swallow and that boiling will not remove potentially harmful chemicals and substances. Please continue to use a safe alternative such as bottled water or the free potable water at the Westside and Firwood Roads station.
water systems partilal fee relief
Customers of the Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates and Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun water systems will receive some substantial water fee relief for the basic user and consumption fees portion of their utility bills from August 1 through September 30.
- This partial relief is an approximately two-thirds reduction (Aug.-Sept.) in the user fee and consumption rates for the July-September period as meters measure consumption over the entire three month period.
- Consideration may be given to extending the rate reduction for customers of the Killiney Beach water system to coincide with the continuation of the Do Not Consume Notice.
BC assessment and wildfire
Property owners impacted by the 2021 wildfires should contact staff with BC Assessment before October 31 to help determine their property's accurate status.
Reporting any damage or loss will assist BC Assessment in having an accurate assessment of the property, which could impact changes to the 2022 property taxes.
Impacted property owners can contact BC Assessment toll free at 1-866-825-8322 or online at bcassessment.ca. Regular office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Property owners can simply provide their property's address and state that they want to report their property's physical condition and the extent of any damage resulting from the wildfires.
Building and inspections
- Our Community Services Building and Inspections staff have already issued a number of Demolition permits and have received inquiries from residents about the extended Temporary Use Permits for recreational vehicle use while construction is underway on a property.
- The Emergency Operations Centre received funding approval from the Province to conduct a Foreshore Study. This Environmental/Hazardous conditions assessment will help protect potable water supplies and identify any environmental or geotechnical hazards and issues. It'll be completed along tributaries and the foreshore of Okanagan Lake near Killiney Beach and Estamont and is required for the protection of public health by identifying potentially hazardous conditions or contaminated sites which could pose a threat to drinking water sources. This is an opportunity to streamline the process and regulations on behalf of property owners, rather than requiring individual assessments.
For more information, please contact our Community Services staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-469-6227.
Resiliency and recovery case workers
The RDCO has launched two case workers in the Community Resiliency/Recovery Centre to conduct a capacity needs and assessment to determine how the wildfire disaster impacted residents and their family, to better coordinate or provide assistance to become more resilient and assist in the recovery needs because of this event..
Please contact the Recovery Office at 250-469-6111 or email email@example.com if you would like more information on this service.
North westside transfer station
The facility resumed normal operation and hours on October 1. Regular collection volumes are again in effect as of Oct. 1.
The Bulky Household items collection provides an extended opportunity for disposal of large, bulky household items like empty fridges and freezers during regular operating hours until October 20.
CDA and samaritan's purse
Volunteers with Samaritan's Purse wrapped up their assistance in the area prior to Thanksgiving weekend.
Another volunteer organization, Christian Disaster Relief (CDA) has volunteers available to help wildfire impacted residents with:
- clean up of damaged yards
- sorting of salvageable items
- removal of damaged contents
- minor rebuilds and repairs
Visit rdco.com/recovery for information and contacts for Christian Disaster Relief.
Members of the Adventist Disaster and Relief Agency are working with Emergency Management BC to provide a warehouse in Coldstream with donated items like furniture and appliances available to those affected by wildfires.
Other items offered include: clothing (baby/child/youth/adult all sizes), bedding, toys and books, toiletries, comfort items, miscellaneous sporting goods, camping equipment, pet food, cleaning supplies, grocery items, furniture, home décor, disposables, health aids, baby items.
For more information or contact details to schedule an appointment to view items visit rdco.com/recovery.
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