The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is pitching in $20,000 for a water-demand survey being done through the Ministry of Agriculture.
But one director, Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta, opposed the expenditure Thursday, saying it’s a provincially initiated study so the province should fund it.
The vote came after the board heard from Ted van der Gulik, a senior engineer with the Ministry of Agriculture.
He mapped out some of the water-demand studies that have been done in the Interior and how they can be used for planning in the future.
Reports have already been done for the Nicola and North Thompson watersheds, and they’re available online at www.waterbucket.ca, he said. Cache Creek has also been done as part of the Bonaparte area that was funded federally, along with the Similkameen, he said.
The rest of the South Thompson has not been done yet, and it costs to have the land use and water demand mapped out.
The studies would allow the regional district to predict into the future areas of development and what the water demand is currently and the agricultural use in the area.
TNRD staff said the investment is less than it would cost the regional district to hire a consultant to do the same work.
TNRD director of development services Regina Sadilkova said the data would be useful and the price was reasonable.
“We do not have staff with that expertise. We'd have to hire consultants to do this which would be a lot more money,” she said.