Spallumcheen farmers thanked for ‘generous’ land donation towards Wastewater project

November 13, 2019

Vernon Morning Star – November 13, 2019

After the Township of Spallumcheen received funding for a $36.9 million wastewater project, the next step was to find land on which to build it.

Thanks to John and Deanna Toporchak, that’s no longer on the to-do list. The two donated have land from the Spallumcheen farm they purchased in 1971 for the Wastewater Recovery Project, which will include a new treatment facility, sludge treatment system and about 12 kilometres of main pump stations running along the Swan Lake corridor.

Spallumcheen Mayor Christine Fraser welcomed the Toporchaks to the Council Chambers on Tuesday to offer thanks on behalf of the township, the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) and the Okanagan Indian Band (OIB).

“I really just want to thank you for coming today,” Fraser said to the Toporchaks. “Without this generous lease opportunity for the land that’s right close to the project, we would have had a really tough time moving forward.”

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