Snowpack levels above normal

Greater Vernon is moving into summer with a stable water supply

Greater Vernon is moving into summer with a stable water supply.

Duteau Creek water readings show the reservoirs are at full storage.

“According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, the June 15 high elevation snowpack measurements were above normal for the Okanagan-Kettle Basin, which includes our Kalamalka Lake water source, as well as the South Thompson Basin, which includes the Duteau Creek water reservoirs,” said Jennifer Miles, Greater Vernon water sustainability co-ordinator.

“The combined results from Greater Vernon Water and the B.C. River Forecast Centre predict a slightly above average year for water supply.”

The centre also reports that seasonal forecasts from Environment Canada indicate an increased likelihood of above normal temperatures across B.C., particularly through the south and south-west parts of the province.

“This may increase water demand so GVW reminds customers to use water wisely,” said Miles.

“Tips on how to irrigate efficiently, a video on how to build a rain barrel, and how to maintain a waterwise lawn are available at”