Did You Know?

There is less water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada.

The Okanagan has one of the highest rates of water use per person in Canada.

The second largest use of water in the Okanagan is used on our household lawns & gardens.

The Okanagan is on the front lines of climate change, shifting between flooding and drought, and extreme fire seasons.

As we work to find solutions to these climate 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.

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Current Okanagan Drought Level

Level 2

The Okanagan began 2024 at Drought Level 2 due, in part, to low snowpack. With rain events in May and June, the Okanagan was downgraded to Level 1. After this reprieve, the recent heatwave, low stream flows and increasing water temperatures have prompted the Government of B.C. to move the Okanagan back to Drought Level 2.  As temperatures increase and water demand goes up, be aware of water restrictions in your neighbourhood. These will vary depending on each water utility’s water supply conditions.

If you water your yard… make water work smarter!


There are many beautiful plants that thrive in our dry climate! For a full list, check here!


Find water restrictions specific to your utility.