Board issues drought alert

Residents are urged to prevent a provincial declaration of level four drought in the region

  • Jul. 24, 2015 5:00 p.m.

Residents are urged to prevent a provincial declaration of level four drought in the region.

The Okanagan Valley is currently at level three drought conditions while the south coast and southern Vancouver Island are level four.

“We’re appealing to the public to observe the province of B.C.’s request for a 30 per cent reduction in water use,” said Anna Warwick Sears, Okanagan Basin Water Board executive director.

For residential users to conserve 30 per cent, that can be achieved by moving to two-days a week watering.

“The year began with a low snowpack, and then an early spring melt, and then our June ‘monsoon season’ never came,” said Warwick Sears.

“Now, with low stream flows and warm water temperatures we are hearing of fish kills. We are also seeing the effects of dry conditions with an upsetting number of fires.”

At level three drought, the provincial government requests local governments and water utilities eliminate filling of public fountains and watering of public parks, gardens, medians, and other similar areas.

If the province declares a level four, they will start cutting off water licensees.

“By all of us doing our part and voluntarily reducing our water use now, we can reduce the risk of mandatory reductions in our valley,” said Warwick Sears.

 

For more information, go to www.MakeWaterWork.ca.