The Approved Products Program was established by the KJWC in the early
90’s. A number of problems were being encountered during
the construction boom of the day. The issues of concern were:
inconsistency of what each District allowed for construction and
water service standards;
- the wide range of products allowed to
- contractors not knowing the specific standards of
each District or using a lower standard from another;
having to carrying large inventories;
- poor quality materials imported
from off-shore manufacturers.
The KJWC responded to these concerns by initiating
Committee” whose mandate was to form a common “Standards
of Installation” and an “Approved Products List”.
A committee of representatives from each of the KJWC members as
well as a consulting engineer meets several times per year. They
also meet to review product applications for new or existing materials
and installation designs.
Products are reviewed with a focus on whether: applicable standards
are being met, overall quality of manufacturing, ease of use or installation,
and amount of parts or inventory needed to service.
The KJWC Approved Products List and Standard
Drawings are now part of the City of Kelowna’s Subdivision,
Development and Servicing Manual, Bylaw #7900.
Approved Products List
This process has been very beneficial to suppliers and contractors.
It has simplified the tender and bid process and reduced inventory
requirements for suppliers. In addition, consultants and inspectors
know exactly what to look for, product assembly, and quality control.
Finally, it demonstrates to customers how their tax dollars are being
used efficiently, effectively, and that products have a long service