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Report: Mill Creek Source Assessment Report

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The Mill Creek Source Assessment Plan has been prepared to address a requirement of the water system Permit to Operate issued by the Interior Health Authority to the Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District (GEID) for each of its sources. The primary reason for this Plan is that Source Protection serves as the foundation for a multi-barrier approach to safe drinking water.

Author:  Dobson Engineering Ltd.

Date Published:  Apr 2010

Report ID:  19648

Audience:  Government and Public

The first step and cornerstone to a multiple barrier approach is the protection of high quality water. A potential outcome of the Source Assessment report could be an application by GEID for a filtration deferral. The IHA has developed an issue paper titled Planning for Drinking Water Filtration recommendation that provides additional information in this regard. Mill Creek is a source of surface water supply for GEID. This plan also includes the drainage area supplying the McKinley Reservoir since this area also has the potential to affect the water quality. The district supplies drinking water to approximately 14,000 residents within its service area. The GEID Mill Creek source, services an area that extends from the Ellison area (east of the Kelowna Airport), west to the Glenmore Valley. The intent of this plan is to identify and evaluate the hazards to drinking water quality and quantity, characterize the risks and proposed risk management strategies. Source water protection is the first barrier in a multi-barrier approach to protecting drinking water. Guidance is provided in the draft Comprehensive Drinking Water Source to Tap Assessment Guideline released by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, March 2005.

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  Fish and Aquatic Habitat Information
  Region - Okanagan
  Watershed Groups - 310 - Okanagan
  Water Information - Water Management
  Water Information - Water Quality

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