Water supply gets boost from snowpack levels

Sufficient snow levels continue to bolster Greater Vernon’s water supply.

Snow pack readings at the Duteau Creek reservoirs show the water content of the snow is at 137 per cent of average for this time of year.

“Water storage levels are currently above average,” said Emma Posluns, water sustainability co-ordinator with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, March snow basin indices are at 97 per cent of normal for the Okanagan-Kettle basin, which includes the Kalamalka Lake water source.

The South Thompson basin, which includes the Duteau Creek water reservoirs, is at 105 per cent of normal.

“The combined readings from Greater Vernon Water and the B.C. River Forecast Centre show a close to average year for snow pack and reservoir levels,” said Posluns.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre predicts near normal stream run-off and precipitation in the Okanagan for spring and summer.

“The centre predicts a modest chance of above normal temperatures during the period of April to June,” said Posluns.

“GVW will continue to monitor climate trends and water supplies.”


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