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Make Water Work!

THE OKANAGAN’S WATER STORY...

There is little doubt the Okanagan is on the front lines of climate change.

As this summer’s hot, dry weather continues in the Okanagan, the B.C. Government has now declared the region in Level 3 drought. This is an increase from the Level 2 drought that was declared on July 20. And of course, this stretch of record-breaking heat and dryness follows on the heels of this spring’s historic flooding.

Level 3 drought calls for a voluntary 30% reduction in water use for both surface and groundwater users.

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

Find water restrictions for your neighbourhood using the drop down menu below.

If you water (not everyone does)... make sure to follow the tips here to get the most from your water.



BC Drought Map as of Sept 1, 2017



BC Drought Map as of Aug 23, 2017



The models have been showing us that these extreme weather events are going to become more common in our valley, and beyond. What some have called a “New Normal.”

As we work to find solutions to these events, Make Water Work is aimed at preparing residents with resilient landscapes that can handle wet and dry years, and help ensure a sustainable water supply for our valley.

We are also working with the agricultural community, industry, commercial and institutional users, local governments and the Okanagan’s water suppliers, ensuring a coordinated valley-wide response to our water challenges, recognizing that the water of the Okanagan is all connected. We are all part of ‘One valley. One water.’

To that end, we issued our second Okanagan Drought Bulletin on Sept. 1 with information on the local water supply situation. You can find the bulletin here. We will be providing additional updates as they become necessary. You can find our Aug. 22 Drought Bulletin and more information on our Okanagan Basin Water Board – Drought Information page.

For more information on what you can do in and around your home, and in our community, to be WaterWise year-round, visit www.OkWaterWise.ca.

More links

Okanagan Basin Water Board Okanagan Agricultural Water Users Resource Page (help for farmers to use water effectively and be ready to respond if drought conditions worsen during a growing season)
B.C. GovernmentDrought Information Portal.

BC Drought levels Explained





Find water regulations specific to your utility



IMAGES FROM 2015 DROUGHT & 2017 FLOOD

Drought 2015 Sheep in Summerland

Drought 2015 - Sheep in Summerland

Drought 2015 Drought sign in Penticton

Drought 2015 - Drought sign in Penticton

Drought 2015 - Peachland dock with wildfire smoke

Drought 2015 - Peachland dock with wildfire smoke and red sun

Drought 2015 Osoyoos with irrigated grapes

Drought 2015 - Osoyoos with irrigated grapes

Drought 2015 - Armstong no lawn sprinkling sign

Drought 2015 - Armstrong no lawn sprinkling sign

Drought 2015 - Kelowna water restriction sign

Drought 2015 - Kelowna water restrictions sign

Dry grass on Old Vernon Road

Drought 2015 - Dry Grass Kelowna

Flood 2017 Crazy waves overwhelm Gabion barrier

Flood 2017 - Crazy waves overwhelm gabion barrier

Flood 2017 home behind flood waters

Flood 2017 - Home behind flood waters

Flood 2017 see-saw in water

Flood 2017 - See Saw in Water

Flood 2017 Geece benefit from more swim space

Flood 2017 - Geese benefit from more swim space

Flood 2017 flood and wind battered trees

Flood 2017 - Flood and wind-battered trees

Flood 2017 Water volleyball

Flood 2017 - Water volleyball

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