Water shouldn’t run dry

What a difference a year makes.

Last year at this time, Arnold Badke, engineering general manager for the Regional District of North Okanagan, stood before the directors and announced that stage three water restrictions would be implemented early in the year due to low water levels in area reservoirs.

On Wednesday, at a regular meeting of the board, Badke announced that five of the area reservoirs were full.

“Water won’t be a problem this year,” he smiled. “We are on stage one restrictions now but, of course, we’ll be monitoring things over the summer.”

The water levels were so low in 2010 that stage three restrictions were placed on residents as early as April, meaning that swimming pools could not be filled with water.

Badke said Wednesday that the Grizzly, Haddo, Aberdeen Lake, Goose Lake and King Edward Lake reservoirs were all full.

“It’s the second time in the last five years that we have filled our reservoirs,” said Badke.

Regional district staff were heading up to the Vance Creek reservoir Thursday to check on levels there.

Badke explained that normally the district is allowed to fill the reservoir between April 15 and June 15, but they have successfully applied for an extension to Aug. 1 for this year.

The regional district will also watch closely the turbidity levels on water at the new Duteau treatment plant.

Badke said current turbidity levels were .9, and that a water advisory would be issued if levels reach 1.5.