Gallagher Lake & Vaseux Lake
Liquid Waste Management Plan

A liquid waste managment plan (LWMP) has been initiated for the areas of Gallagher Lake, east Vaseux Lake, south Vaseux Lake and the properties in between.

The Gallagher Lake area can be characterized as a tourist oriented community as there are a large number of camp sites and recreational amenities near a small lake. The area is about 54 hectares in size and consists of approximately 136 mobile homes, 90 campsites, 10 single family homes and a few industrial and commercial buildings. A Waste Management Plan (WMP) undertaken in 1987 - 88 presented options for providing sanitary sewage service and treatment to this area. Four different servicing scenarios were considered with estimated lifecycle and capital cost included for each. The LWMP amendment will revisit the past options and include new scenarios.

The Vaseux Lake area will also be included within the LWMP amendment. Vaseux Lake is a popular destination for adventurers and wildlife viewers and in recent years there has been increasing concern over population from septic systems along the shore. With the new treatment plant in the south part of Okanagan Falls soon to be operational (2012), additional opportunities for sewering areas further to the south exist, such as residents along Vaseux Lake.

Gallagher Lake
South Vaseux Lake
East Vaseux Lake

A flyer was mailed out to all identifed residents in these areas inviting participation in the committee and/or receiving information updates.

Open House for Gallgher Lake & Vaseux Lake Area LWMP Amendment September 13, 2011

The information meeting provided an overview of the options identified for the managment of liquid wastes for the Gallagher Lake and Vaseux Lakes areas.

The below storyboards were presented at the Open House:

Welcome - Storyboard

Liquid Waste Management Plan - Options

Liquid Waste Management Plan - Identified Issues

Liquid Waste Management Plan - Cost Comparisons

Map of proposed pipeline option - Gallagher Lake to Osoyoos Indian Band Sewage Treatment Plant Site

Map of proposed pipeline option - Gallagher Lake to Okanagan Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP

Map of proposed pipeline option - Gallagher Lake to Oliver Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) site

Map of proposed pipeline option - Vaseux Lake to Osoyoos Indian Band STP site via Gallagher Lake

Map of proposed pipeline option - Vaseux Lake to Okanagan Falls WWTP

Map of proposed pipeline option - Vaseux Lake to Oliver STP site

Thank you -  Story Board

To review the Presentation by AECOM, please click on this link.

Survey for residents to give their feedback. Please send completed survey by Friday, September 30, 2011 to:

Darcy Kirkpatrick, Engineering Services Secretary

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

101 Martin Street

Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 or fax to 250-492-0063


A Wastewater Advisory Committee (WAC) has been formed and met for the first time on March 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Oliver Community Centre. The minutes produced from all the meetings will be posted for information.

AECOM's presentation on June 22, 2011 committee meeting.

Minutes of WAC - June 22, 2011 Meeting

AECOM's presentation on March 16, 2011 committee meeting.

Minutes of WAC - March 16, 2011 Meeting

Previous reports completed on these areas include:

Questions or comments on the Liquid Waste Management Plan can be directed to Liisa Bloomfield in Engineering Services -