The municipality will submit a grant application to the Gas Tax Fund for a grit removal and effluent filter upgrade and the Jones Flat and Garnett Valley Water System Separation Project.
The grit removal and effluent filter upgrade is the top priority while the water system separation work is the second priority under the grant application.
If the funding for either or both projects is approved, it will cover 100 per cent of the cost of the work.
Municipal treasurer Ken Ostraat said it is possible but not likely for the municipality to receive the funding for both projects.
Coun. Peter Waterman said the grit removal system work is needed since there is no backup system if the present grit removal system fails.
He added that both projects are important to the municipality. When the water system separation is done, it will also include resurfacing Garnett Valley Road, which has long been identified as a priority for the community.
Coun. Lloyd Christopherson said the treatment plant work needs to be done quickly. “The treatment plant could fail tomorrow,” he said. “That would be an economic embarrassment for Summerland.”
Coun. Martin Van Alphen, who lives in Garnett Valley, said the road work is necessary, but the grit removal system work is also important.
“We need to make sure the plant is running to the best of its abilities,” he said.
The motion was carried unanimously.