News

B.C. Farmers given tool to monitor water use

Farmers throughout B.C. will soon have a tool to report their water use.

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has secured a $50,000 grant to beef up computer software its developed for municipal water utilities to register the amount of water they are drawing with the BC Water Use Reporting Centre.

Updating the software for the agricultural sector, so farmers with large licences can use the tool as well, means anyone with a large water licence will be able to meet the new water regulations expected next year as a result of the 2014 Water Sustainability Act.

“When groundwater licensing comes in next year, anyone who is using groundwater for agriculture is going to have to report their water use as part of their licensing,” explained Anna Warwick Sears, executive director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

The tool is being developed to meet local needs, but will be made available provincewide.

The new system applies some of the technology developed for the Agricultural Water Demand Model, a project dovetailed with the OBWB and B.C. Ministry of Agriculture’s crop mapping initiative, to help farmers hone in on their exact usage.

“A lot of farmers have multiple water sources or they don’t have metres or they have to do some kind of calculation they might be using based on their electricity that’s running through their pump,” Warwick Sears explained.

This system will eliminate the guessing and much of the hassle.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Happy celebration for Chinese New Year
 
Tips for the Elk Valley Outdoor Enthusiasts
 
Kist resigns as Pacific NorthWest LNG president; Progress Energy CEO acting president
Trading places
 
The history that lies beneath the grass and leaves
 
Downtown tree ready to light up
Seniors cut ribbon for new elevator
 
Special constables help stop bullying
 
Winners of the golden ticket

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.