The Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) is working with subject matter experts on a collaborative approach that will improve water quality and ensure accountability and environmental stewardship throughout the process. The project involves upgrades to the Irish Creek/Head of the Lake and Six Mile/Bradley community water systems. The entire system will be constructed within OKIB's IR #1. While water is provided by nature, many of us rely on a network of pipes, pumps, storage reservoirs, equipment, and people provided by our community’s water systems to deliver water to our buildings. We want to ensure this is done in a responsible way.
Construction Delays at Newport May 17 to 19
As work progresses on the water systems improvement project, we want to inform you of a construction impact that starts next week.
From approximately 8am to 5pm on Tuesday, May 17 to Thursday, May 19, we must complete excavation and backfilling of the Newport Campground driveway access point; as a result, there will be single lane access with traffic controllers directing vehicles.
To account for the Victoria Day long weekend, this construction work will be paused from Thursday, May 19 at 5pm until Tuesday, May 24 at 8am. For these days, vehicles can access the road as normal.
Then, from 8am-5pm on Tuesday, May 24 to Thursday, May 26, the road will again have single lane access with traffic control.
As always, stay up to date with project details by visiting this web page.
Thanks so much for your understanding!
April 20, 2022
Cattle guard removal and possibility of road closures
As you may know, we are working on excavations of the new Head of Lake reservoir, which involves a lane closure on Irish Creek Road. Further to this, on April 22, 2022, we will have a few scattered temporary traffic holds of no more than 20 minutes throughout the day at the cattle guard approximately 500 meters up from the West Side Road and Irish Creek Road intersection. We will be removing the cattle guard and filling the area with gravel to create a flow for traffic.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this traffic hold will cause. We endeavor to complete this work efficiently and have the road open for use as quickly as possible. Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns to share with us, please reach out to Jolene Vincent, Director of Public Works at [email protected] and/or
Adam King - [email protected]
Donat Ladouceur - [email protected]
April 1, 2022
OKIB Water Improvement Project update
Have you wondered about the new trailer on Westside Road? Or maybe you noticed stacks of pipe around the Public Works office? You’re seeing the first signs of construction for the OKIB Water System Improvement Project! In March, minor construction began for the project, which included work such as clearing and grubbing. Major construction will start in April with:
- Construction of the new 2.4 km interconnect watermain. Excavations will start on the north end of Westside Road
- Excavations of the new Head of Lake reservoir, which will involve equipment mobilization and additional traffic on Irish Creek Road
- Excavations of the new Six Mile reservoir expansion, which will also involve equipment mobilization and additional traffic on Bonneau Road.
With construction progressing, there will be single lane closures on Westside Road and Irish Creek Road until June 30, 2022. If you are travelling in the area, please expect delays Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm.
Throughout construction, all prospective impacts and water interruptions will be well communicated in advance.
Stay tuned to OKIB’s Facebook page, Senk'lip News, road signs, and this webpage for more details.
Water Improvement Groundbreaking Ceremony through photos
February 4, 2022
Watch the Facebook Live stream of the project kick-off event
Water Upgrades Project receives confirmation of funding from ISC
See the letter below for details.