Intro to the BMID

The Black Mountain Irrigation District (BMID) is an improvement district operating within the Central Okanagan Regional District. A large portion of our service area falls within the City of Kelowna boundaries. The Scotty Creek subdivision area that we service located north and east of the airport lies within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Our primary water sources are the Scotty Creek and Mission Creek watersheds.

BMID is the largest improvement district in the Province. As of January 1, 2014 we have a service population of approximately 22,550. We serve approximately 5,275 Single Family lots. We have 8,449 total connections comprised of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional properties.

In addition, there are over 860 irrigation connections that irrigate the Belgo and McKenzie areas of Kelowna. We have three grades of land

  • 4,307 acres of Grade A land. Grade A land has rights to water and uses it;
  • 1,258 acres of Grade C land. Grade C land has rights to water but is presently dry;
  • 2,566 acres of Grade D land. Grade D land does not have rights to water unless water is determined to be available and the regrade charge is paid.
With the combined water demands, our winter demands of 2,000,000 US gallons increases to 40,000,000 US gallons during the hottest days of summer. Our water is collected in high elevation reservoirs during the winter and spring runoff and is released to Mission Creek during the hotter summer months and captured at our intake.

Our upper level water storage reservoirs include Belgo Reservoir, James Lake, Graystoke Lake and Fishhawk Reservoir. Mission Creek is the largest tributary to Okanagan Lake and is a very strong source of water for the District. The annual flow past our intake gates is 135,000 ML.
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Greystoke Resevoir and Dam
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Conveyance Conduit
After we capture the water at Mission Creek, the water is treated, disinfected, and conveyed by large conduits to town. (see photo inset)

The conveyance conduit carries the water at a very flat grade along the Mission Creek canyon to a tunnel located on the shoulder of Black Knight Mountain. The 900 metre long tunnel carries the water into town maintaining the high elevation resulting in minimal pumping and very efficient distribution throughout our water system.
The tunnel emerges at our Surge Tower located above the Gallaghers Road subdivision. From here the water enters distribution mains and is carried into the agricultural and more populated areas of Rutland and north Rutland.
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The entire water supply system consists of:

  • 600 square kilometers of watershed in Mission Creek and Scotty Creek basins;
  • 4 large storage reservoirs and dams in the watershed;
  • Two intakes on major creeks;
  • 105 ML/day water treatment plant
  • Two large open holding reservoirs 200,000 m3 in size for balancing daily water demands;
  • 3 chlorination stations;
  • 3 groundwater wells;
  • 13 Major pressure zones;
  • 24 pressure reducing stations;
  • 5 water pumping stations;
  • Two local storage reservoirs; and
  • 175 kilometers of water distribution main.

These facilities and our offices are maintained and operated by our 16 staff members.

A map showing the boundary of BMID is located at the follow link: Map of the BMID
You can also click on the thumbnail below for an alternative map.

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Improvement District Responsibilities

As an improvement district, BMID is an autonomous local government body responsible for providing water services for the benefits of our ratepayers. Improvement Districts were brought into existence by the Province through a Cabinet Order approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The Lieutenant Governor approved the Letters Patent which includes the name of the District, its boundary, and the services it provides. BMID’s Letters Patent was signed on November 20th, 1920.

The affairs of BMID are directed by five elected Trustees with one Trustee elected as Chairman by the group. Each trustee is elected for a three-year term by the eligible landowners of the district. The powers that are exercised by the Trustees include the ability to enact and enforce the district bylaws. These bylaws provide BMID with the ability to assess and collect taxes, to charge tolls for water use, to acquire, hold and dispose of lands, to borrow money, and to expropriate lands required to carry out its objectives. All bylaws must be approved by the Inspector of Municipalities.

Alerts

Current weather patterns have created a complex series of events that will result in an extended flood season. A combination of rain and spring snow melt over the next few days will lead to rising water levels, and will increase the risk of flooding. Creeks and lakes are at full pool and any wind or weather events will create ongoing impacts for the coming weeks.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Center, BMID Staff  and emergency personnel are working around the clock, planning for the worst while hoping for the best, and citizens should do the same.

With rising water levels, the possibility of widespread evacuations in the region is possible. Residents would only be ordered to evacuate if there is a threat of imminent danger. Not every sign of water inside your house is cause for an evacuation.

An evacuation alert means that residents may be asked to leave their homes with little advance notice for at least 72 hours. Residents should prepare by organizing an emergency supply kit with necessary medications, personal toiletries, change of clothing and personal and family documents.

All previous evacuation orders and alerts remain in effect. For up-to-date information about evacuation alerts and orders, visit www.cordemergency.ca/map, which is searchable by address.

For up to date information on the situation including a map and to sign up for e-updates, visit www.cordemergency.ca. Information will also be provided via the https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg and https://www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency/ or by phone at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).

BMID customers are NOT currently effected by any Water Quality Advisories. Any updates will be posted on the BMID website.