The Town of Oliver operates an extensive rural and municipal water system serving domestic water to approximately 2,393 residential customers, 174 industrial/commercial customers and irrigation water to 601 agriculture connections which equates to irrigating over 5,200 acres of farm land and 455 acres of non-farm land.
Water is supplied from a combination of underground and surface sources and varies with demand during different seasons.
The Water Utility is operated as a single, self-sufficient entity. Although the rural and municipal water systems do run somewhat independently, their costs and expenses are pooled in a single fund. Major past projects, mostly related to the irrigation supply system, have been jointly shared by all water users. The Water Fund has used a combination of reserves and grant money for upgrades and improvements to the water system. A majority of the spending started taking place from the first Twinning (PH 1) project which started in 2007.
Cross Connection Program
Drought Management Plan
Gallagher Lake Rock-Slide
On January 25, 2016, a significant rock-slide occurred at Gallagher Lake impacting the siphon and flume which provides irrigation water to the Town of Oliver, Electoral Area C (rural Oliver) and the Osoyoos Indian Band. The Town of Oliver engaged engineers to assess the damage and works necessary to ensure operations in early April for the provision of water to the vast agricultural properties.
Source Water Protection Toolkit
Water is the root of all life in the Okanagan Valley. It is fundamental to our health, security and success. It is vital to the extraordinary landscapes, powerful economy, and unique culture here in Oliver. There is less water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada, and the Okanagan has one of the highest rates of water use per person in Canada. Outdoor watering of lawns and gardens is the prime use of our water. Please consider making water-wise choices with the numerous tips found below.
Please visit www.makewaterwork.ca for more information and tips and tricks to making water work for you.