Water

Corroded valves are being replaced in Lumby, which will turn taps off for a number of residents for 10 days total. (RDNO photo)

Taps dry for nearly 100 Mabel Lake Water Utility customers

Corroded valves need replacing in Dolly Varden and Walker roads areas

 

Okanagan Basin Water Board chair Sue McKortoff (left) received a congratulatory certificate from Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray marking the water agency's 50th anniversary in 2020 at an event held in Bertram Creek Regional Park.  Gray was unable to attend the event, as the certificate was presented to McKortoff by her assistant Gina Lang. (Barry Gerding - File photo)

Strengthening water conservation efforts in the Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Basin Water Board provides vital link between water resource managers and community stakeholders

 

Sprinklers are on mid-day at Polson Park back in June amid a heat wave that had temperatures floating into the mid-40s. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

LETTER: Vernon water wasters ignoring drought

Resident concerned as green-lawned businesses aren’t doing their conservation part

 

(Black Press Media file)

Wildfire-caused water quality advisory lifted for some Westside Road properties

Upper Fintry advisory rescinded, do not consume notice still in place for Killiney Beach

(Black Press Media file)
Kokanee salmon. (Tim O’Leary/King County)

Okanagan kokanee spawning initiative suffers setback

Okanagan Lake drawdown timing blamed for fish kill

Kokanee salmon. (Tim O’Leary/King County)
Collin Fieguth, 80, still gets up on a waterski three or four times a week on Swan Lake. (Cameron Manning photo)

Vernon senior still makes a splash water-skiing

80-year-old out on Swan Lake 3-4 times a week

Collin Fieguth, 80, still gets up on a waterski three or four times a week on Swan Lake. (Cameron Manning photo)
Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)

B.C. urged to conserve water as drought conditions persist through summer’s end

Recent rains have alleviated drought conditions in some parts of B.C., but severe drought remains

Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)
Better Earth Gardens in Kelowna staff member with water conservation information. The garden centre is one of several in the Okanagan who are partners in our Make Water Work program. (Contributed)

Water diligence urged amid continued drought conditions in the Okanagan

Cooler temperatures are a welcome sight but extremely dry conditions remain

Better Earth Gardens in Kelowna staff member with water conservation information. The garden centre is one of several in the Okanagan who are partners in our Make Water Work program. (Contributed)
Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)

Swimming still not recommended at Coldstream’s Kal Beach

Algae bloom also causes cautionary drinking water notification

Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)
Part of the Peachland water treatment plant during construction. (District of Peachland/Facebook)

Costs go up for Peachland water treatment plant project

Staff asked for more funding to get the project to the finish line

Part of the Peachland water treatment plant during construction. (District of Peachland/Facebook)
The District of Coldstream is discouraging swimmers from using Kal Beach after bacterial levels higher than Health Canada’s approved guidelines were discovered in the lake Thursday, Aug. 12. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)

Swimming not recommended at popular Coldstream beach

District of Coldstream is discouraging people from swimming at Kal Beach due to the high levels of bacteria found Thursday

The District of Coldstream is discouraging swimmers from using Kal Beach after bacterial levels higher than Health Canada’s approved guidelines were discovered in the lake Thursday, Aug. 12. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)
A water quality advisory has been lifted for customer on the Mabel Lake water utility. (Black Press file photo)

UPDATE: Water back on in Vernon’s Okanagan Landing

Emergency repairs on Okanagan Landing leave Predator Ridge and more without water for several hours

A water quality advisory has been lifted for customer on the Mabel Lake water utility. (Black Press file photo)
Little to no water pressure for some residents in Oyama due to an emergency. (File photo)

Water emergency turns Oyama taps dry

Dozens of residents with little to no water pressure, repairs underway

Little to no water pressure for some residents in Oyama due to an emergency. (File photo)
Lake Country residents are hoping district council will come up with a way to improve the aging Oyama Boat Launch off Oyama Road. (Google Maps/Matt Funk photo)

Lake Country residents float boat launch improvements

Petition/letter to district council addresses concerns, safety issues at Oyama Boat Launch

Lake Country residents are hoping district council will come up with a way to improve the aging Oyama Boat Launch off Oyama Road. (Google Maps/Matt Funk photo)
Water quality advisories for Upper Fintry, Westshore, Killiney Beach water systems. (Kim Sievers/Wikimedia Commons photo)

Water quality advisories issued for evacuated North Westside communities

731 properties affected in Upper Fintry, Westshore and Killiney Beach water systems

Water quality advisories for Upper Fintry, Westshore, Killiney Beach water systems. (Kim Sievers/Wikimedia Commons photo)
Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)

Plans to prohibit use of Salmon Arm aquifers for commercial water sales progress

Council explores zoning options because municipalities aren’t consulted about groundwater licences

Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)
Creek flows are so low that fish are dying in the shallow water. (Okanagan Nation Alliance)

Low flows, high temperatures killing fish in Okanagan creeks

The drought conditions are threatening fish habitat in Okanagan creeks

Creek flows are so low that fish are dying in the shallow water. (Okanagan Nation Alliance)
The City of Kelowna will start enforcing Stage 1 watering restrictions in a bid to conserve water. (Linda Scott photo)

City of Kelowna ups water restriction enforcement as drought conditions continue

If you have received a warning and are caught watering outside your schedule, you will be fined

The City of Kelowna will start enforcing Stage 1 watering restrictions in a bid to conserve water. (Linda Scott photo)
Water restrictions have been eased for customers on the Mabel Lake Water System in the Regional District of North Okanagan. (File photo)

Water restrictions eased for Mabel Lake system users

Strong efforts by residents means properties can be watered up to three days per week

Water restrictions have been eased for customers on the Mabel Lake Water System in the Regional District of North Okanagan. (File photo)
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick