Water

Michael Mthandazo drowned saving his son from the Thompson River July 30. (GoFundMe photo)

Fundraiser started for family of Vernon doctor who drowned in Kamloops

Colleague initiates GoFundMe while search for man’s body continues

 

The Township of Spallumcheen has downgraded water restrictions for a handful of its districts to Stage 1, while one township district remains on Stage 2 restrictions. (File photo)

Water restrictions downgrade in Spallumcheen

Township says seven districts on Stage 1 restrictions, one on Stage 2

 

A man drowned in the Thompson River in Kamloops on McArthur Island. (Google images photo by Allen Bigg)

UPDATE: Vernon man still not found after Kamloops drowning

Long-weekend incident on Thompson River at McArthur Island

 

Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)

Heat wave puts Spallumcheen water restrictions on tap

Stress on water systems forces stage 2 restrictions, no sprinklers or irrigation

Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)
Pictus the Cactus is among three characters set up to help relieve the heat at the City of Vernon pop-up spray park which opened Monday, July 25, at Kin Park beside Kal Tire Place. (Brittany Webster - Morning Star)

Vernon pop-up spray park cooling down citizens

City of Vernon launches summer spray park at old Kin Race Track site, Monday to Friday, 4:30-7 p.m.

Pictus the Cactus is among three characters set up to help relieve the heat at the City of Vernon pop-up spray park which opened Monday, July 25, at Kin Park beside Kal Tire Place. (Brittany Webster - Morning Star)
A water quality advisory for Enderby residents has been rescinded. (Stock photo)

Water taps run dry for some Falkland residents

Conservation urged after leak discovered

  • Jul 25, 2022
A water quality advisory for Enderby residents has been rescinded. (Stock photo)
Greater Vernon Recreation will host a pop-up spray park at Kin Park (beside Kal Tire Place) Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m. through to September beginning Monday, July 25. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon cools down with pop-up spray parks

The park will be located at Kin Park beside Kal Tire Place Monday to Friday, 4-7 p.m., starting July 25

Greater Vernon Recreation will host a pop-up spray park at Kin Park (beside Kal Tire Place) Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m. through to September beginning Monday, July 25. (Black Press file photo)
The outlet pipe at Isintok Lake has now been replaced. The new pipe was officially opened on July 19, 2022. The work came in under budget. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland reservoir upgrade completed under budget

Failing outlet pipe at Isintok Lake has been replaced

The outlet pipe at Isintok Lake has now been replaced. The new pipe was officially opened on July 19, 2022. The work came in under budget. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates water systems are undergoing a detailed review to determine future upgrade requirements and what they will cost. (File photo)

Study reviews options for Killiney, Westshore Estates water system updates

Regional district board given direction on water supply and treatment challenges

The Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates water systems are undergoing a detailed review to determine future upgrade requirements and what they will cost. (File photo)
Kildonan Boat Launch is closed due to high levels on Shuswap River in Enderby. (Shuswap River Ambassadors)

Enderby river floating discouraged following rescues

Shuswap River too dangerous for inflatables/paddling

Kildonan Boat Launch is closed due to high levels on Shuswap River in Enderby. (Shuswap River Ambassadors)
The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)

Okanagan water board advocates millions for water management

Okanagan Basin Water Board points to three key issues

The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)
After the 2020 alagal bloom on Shuswap Lake, the Shuswap Watershed Council facilitated the development of a regional algae bloom response plan for the Shuswap watershed. (File photo)

Algal bloom or pollen? Salmon Arm city councillor wants more timely water testing

Councillor concerned recent algal bloom advisory was prompted by reported sighting, not data.

  • Jul 12, 2022
After the 2020 alagal bloom on Shuswap Lake, the Shuswap Watershed Council facilitated the development of a regional algae bloom response plan for the Shuswap watershed. (File photo)
The current Okanagan Dam in Penticton, built in the 1970s, has been called inadequate for the modern day demands of managing the Okanagan Lake water level. (File photo)

Water briefs: Mussel inspection program sidelines 5 B.C.-bound watercraft

Two of the boats were destined for Okanagan Lake

The current Okanagan Dam in Penticton, built in the 1970s, has been called inadequate for the modern day demands of managing the Okanagan Lake water level. (File photo)
Vernon crews are on-scene fixing a water leak in Okanagan Landing along Longacre Drive. (City of Vernon photo)

Vernon crews fixing Landing leak on Longacre Drive

Repairs expected to be completed around 8 p.m. Thursday, July 7

Vernon crews are on-scene fixing a water leak in Okanagan Landing along Longacre Drive. (City of Vernon photo)
City of Vernon, along with residents, will be monitoring creek levels as the spring freshet continues, and with a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the North Okanagan. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

High stream flow advisory issued for Vernon creeks

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for North Okanagan; 10-15mm of rain expected

City of Vernon, along with residents, will be monitoring creek levels as the spring freshet continues, and with a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for the North Okanagan. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
This is part of the concept plan for Port Okanagan, a major development proposed by an Edmonton company for Vernon’s Okanagan Lake on Okanagan Landing Road at Lakeshore Road. Vernon council unanimously approved advancing two bylaw amendments for the project to third reading following a nearly two-hour public hearing Monday, June 27, though three councillors were absent from the hearing. (Contributed)

Vernon Port Okanagan development project passes third reading

Council unanimous in sending pair of bylaw amendments to allow project to fourth and final reading

This is part of the concept plan for Port Okanagan, a major development proposed by an Edmonton company for Vernon’s Okanagan Lake on Okanagan Landing Road at Lakeshore Road. Vernon council unanimously approved advancing two bylaw amendments for the project to third reading following a nearly two-hour public hearing Monday, June 27, though three councillors were absent from the hearing. (Contributed)
Stage two water restrictions are in place for the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems (Black Press file photo).

Thirsty Okanagan lawns can only drink twice each week

Water restrictions are in place for customers of the RDCO water systems

Stage two water restrictions are in place for the Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the Sun and Westshore water systems (Black Press file photo).
Just as the first heat wave of summer hits the North Okanagan, a water quality advisory due to higher bacteria levels than allowed has forced the closure of Vernon’s Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake. (Morning Star - file photo)

UPDATE: Vernon beach reopened following closure

Higher bacteria levels than allowed in Okanagan Lake forced temporary closure of Kin Beach

Just as the first heat wave of summer hits the North Okanagan, a water quality advisory due to higher bacteria levels than allowed has forced the closure of Vernon’s Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake. (Morning Star - file photo)
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Precautionary water advisory on tap on Vernon’s Westside

The advisory is in place until testing is complete

(File photo)
Shuswap River decreased three inches in three days but remains the highest it has been in five years. (Ambassadors photo)

Shuswap Lake rose 0.05 m in 24 hours

The lake level peaked in 1972

  • Jun 20, 2022
Shuswap River decreased three inches in three days but remains the highest it has been in five years. (Ambassadors photo)