Kamloops council has approved spending $75,000 on a study to explore hooking up one of the last major neighbourhoods in the city not serviced by the municipal sanitary sewer system.
Council has voted unanimously, 8-0 (Coun. Dieter Dudy was absent at the Jan. 28 meeting) to conduct an engineering study after a group of Rayleigh and Karindale residents expressed interest in connecting to the city’s sewer system.
Thirty-eight per cent of the neighbourhood’s property owners signed on to the request.
The neighbourhoods currently operate via in-ground septic field, with some nearing the end of their lives, and the Rayleigh Waterworks District owns and operates a community septic field system that services 147 Rayleigh properties.
City of Kamloops utilities engineer Liam Baker told council that septic fields have a 30- to 40-year lifespan and the cost to replace them can range from between $30,000 and $40,000.
“Lots of Rayleigh residents are experiencing that now,” he said.
The project would likely include a new network of sanitary services, including a pipe crossing the North Thompson River.
The study will confirm project costs, which would be split between the city (20 per cent) and property owners (80 per cent.)
The 2,100 residents impacted will later vote via private mailout ballot on whether to move ahead, based on what is determined in the study.