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Note: This tour is also open to individuals that are not attending the annual conference, and includes bus transportation to and from the tour sites. Advance registration is required to attend this tour.

This tour has limited capacity so register early!




Date:  November 5, 2020


Timing: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM (3.5 hours)

(Includes 45 minutes bus transportation)


9:00 AM - 9:15  AM                    Pick up at Lakeside and transport

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM                   Summerland Water Treatment Plant

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM                 Transport to Sage Hills Vineyard

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM                 Sage Hills Vineyard

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM                 Transport back to Lakeside


Pick up Location: Departing from The Lakeside Resort & Conference (21 Lakeshore Drive West, Penticton BC)


CEUs: 0.2


Safety Gear:  Work boots are recommended, no open toe or high heel shoes.





Price: $39

Registration deadline: October 19, 2020




The water treatment plant capacity is 76 million litres per day and the water from the Summerland reservoir is treated before distribution to the Summerland system.  The treatment process consists of:

  • Coagulation
  • Flocculation
  • Sedimentation
  • Filtration
  • Chlorine disinfection


The clarifiers include two ballasted floc ACTIFLO clarifiers while the filters include six dual media DUSENFLO filters.  It was the first water treatment plant in BC to utilize this process.  Through the use of microsand in addition to coagulant and polymer the weight of the floc and speed of formation is greatly increased.  This allows for rapid settling to occur, resulting in much smaller clarifiers than conventional plants.


The treatment plant is also innovative in that it is the first plant in Canada utilizing this process to treat and recycle the processed wastewater to the front of the plant. This significantly improves the water use efficiency of the process.


The plant has been designed in accordance with LEED Silver guidelines. This design capitalizes on natural energy sources through the use of extensive natural light and the use of heat pumps to transfer energy from the raw water. Onsite rainwater is collected and infiltrated back into the ground in dry wells to reflect the pre-development site condition. The landscaping of the site has been chosen to closely reflect native species and require no supplementary irrigation once established.


Residuals from the plant process are separated in two on-site settling ponds and then pumped up to sludge thickening ponds and drying beds located near the landfill site.


The tour will consist of a plant walk-through from the lab, operating deck, control room, main raw water gallery, distribution gallery, filter gallery, chlorine room and residual ponds.




This carefully chosen site rests above an expansive landscape of Okanagan Lake, showcasing BC’s most spectacular views and exacting, organic farming practices. The tour will consist of a walk-through of the bio harmony water treatment plant paired with a wine tasting.


Note: Food and beverage are not including in the price of the registration.