Kamloops, BC—November 2, 2020—the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has received a donation of over one acre of land from Mr. Brian Fehr, the new owner of the former Canfor sawmill site in Vavenby. The land will be used for a future water treatment facility in the community.
The announcement came on Monday, October 23 with the TNRD’s Area “A” Director Carol Schaffer and Director of Environmental Services Jake Devlin attending the old Canfor mill site. The mill was closed down in 2019 and Mr. Fehr, founder of the BID Group, recently purchased the majority of the property.
“On behalf of the residents of Vavenby, we would like to give a special thank you to Brian Fehr for his most generous donation of land and the support he has shown Vavenby” said Director Schaffer. “Without Mr. Fehr’s donation we would have had to seek other lands to purchase.”
The TNRD-operated Vavenby Community Water system provides water to about 250 residents in the community. The system is river-fed and monitored for turbidity by the TNRD Utility Department. This donation of land will allow the TNRD to undertake pre-engineering work that is required to make an application for grant funding to build a water treatment facility. The current water metering implementation project will also reduce peak water demands on the system through water conservation and leak detection, which is expected to reduce the required size and cost of a future water treatment plant.
For more information, go to tnrd.ca/water-systems.
Jake Devlin, Director of Environmental Services
Thompson-Nicola Regional District