Water conservation urged

  • Aug. 18, 2017 12:16 p.m.

With some streams experiencing very low flows, and weather conditions expected to remain dry, residents of the Thompson-Okanagan are urged to reduce their water consumption.

The Ministry of Forests says these regions could experience water supply shortages in 2017 unless there is substantial precipitation.

“Ministry staff are closely monitoring river levels and may upgrade the drought level if weather continues to have a negative effect on stream flows and water supply,” states a release.

Local water conservation bylaws may differ from provincial water conservation targets, due to local water supply and demand, and the availability of storage (lakes and reservoirs) or groundwater. Residential, agricultural and industrial water users located within municipalities and regional districts are encouraged to observe local water conservation bylaws where they exist. While water conservation is the goal, it is recognized that water is needed to extinguish fires.

As conditions deteriorate, provincial water managers may exercise their authority to temporarily suspend authorized water usage in affected watersheds and aquifers. Level four drought conditions, the highest rating, are determined by many factors, including regional stream flows, water storage capacity, ecological concerns, weather forecasts and impacts on water users.

The new Water Sustainability Act contains new tools to manage water use during times of scarcity. To learn more about the act, visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/watersustainabilityact/

“Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Many communities in B.C. are prepared to deal with water supply shortages and low streamflow conditions by using drought management plans and water conservation programs that are already in place,” states the release.

B.C. drought information can be found at http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/drought-flooding-dikes-dams/drought-information

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