Privately owned wells on Kelowna properties that are connected to the municipal water supply could be ordered closed.
The city is considering a bylaw that would force the closure. The matter will be considered at Monday’s city council meeting.
“Closure of these private wells reduces the potential for contamination of the city system, and in turn protects the health and safety of residents and the natural environment,” reads part of a staff report to council.
The provincial government will no longer fund upgrades to municipal water systems unless private wells on properties that are connected to such systems are closed.
Property owners who don’t close such wells could be fined $10,000 or jailed for 90 days, or both, under terms of a proposed bylaw to be reviewed by council.
The staff report does not indicate how many private wells are estimated to be on Kelowna properties that also have access to the municipal water system.