In the late 1980's the Government of British Columbia designated the Okanagan Water Basin as a special environmental zone.
The Regional District was required to prepare a Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP) to examine ways to reduce the amount of phosphorus loading entering our lakes and rivers.
The LWMP objective helps to define the wastewater treatment and disposal requirements in order to preserve and improve water quality in the Okanagan Water Basin. The LWMP focuses on the long-term suitability of individual septic tanks and disposal fields for wastewater treatment and disposal.
The LWMP was adopted in 1991 and updated in 2000 identifying areas of wastewater related concern.
Link to map showing Liquid Waste Management Plan Group Areas)
Liquid Waste Management Plan document Links
Central Okanagan East Liquid Waste Management Plan
During 2009, the Regional District of Central Okanagan adopted 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. It charts the future course of action for the management, collection, treatment, and final disposal of sewage and other wastewaters was 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. Map of Area
The LWMP complements the Official Community Plan and Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw for the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area.