The Keremeos reservoir is in the final stages of completion, with commissioning planned for the week of the September 15. Keremeos Irrigation District Office Manager Cheryl Halla said Friday, September 12 there had been some unforeseen delays from both the general contractor and the electrical contractor, but it was anticipated that the reservoir will be in use within the next few days. “The overall project is on budget and as the irrigation district had carefully budgeted for the project, irrigation taxes are not expected to rise because of the project,” she added.
Keremeos Chief Administrative Officer Laurie Taylor reported issues with the reservoir’s fibre optics cable was the cause of recent delays, noting also that earlier delays were caused when an excavator backfilling the reservoir broke down on site.
Taylor said the $300,000 grant money for the project had been received recently by the village.