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Kelowna council considering sani-dump station

The City of Kelowna is looking for a partner and location for an RV sani-dump station
The City of Kelowna is considering a sani-dump station for RVs. Photo | Black Press Media file

The City of Kelowna is looking for a partner and location for an RV sani-dump station.

“There are other communities across the province that also have publicly accessible sani-dump stations as part of their tourism initiatives,” said Councillor Ron Cannan, who brought the issue forward at Monday’s (June 24) meeting.   

He added a lack of proper public facilities can lead to illegal dumping.

“I talked to director (Kevin) Kraft from the regional district and he said he’s noticed more out in his area (Central Okanagan East) as well.”

Council directed staff to look at a potential private-sector partnership to provide the service.

City Manager Doug Gilchrist said if that was unsuccessful, the city may consider taking it on. 

“We are in the waste business so it wouldn’t be a dramatic extension to do something like this for our community.” 

It would require city property and potentially public dollars to operate.

“I wasn’t too enthusiastic about seeing taxpayers’ money swirling down the sewer behind the back end of an RV,” said Coun. Rick Webber. “On the other hand, this is a tourism-oriented city and maybe this is an essential service.”

He added it wouldn’t hurt to look into potential partnerships.

Coun. Luke Stack agreed. 

“I think it would be commonplace for people to expect a sani-dump somewhere in this region and I think it’s a shortcoming that we don’t."

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