THE OKANAGAN’S WATER STORY…

There is little doubt the Okanagan is on the front lines of climate change, shifting between flooding and drought, and extreme fire seasons, within just a few short weeks of each other.

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.’

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. Government – Drought Information Portal.

BC DROUGHT LEVELS EXPLAINED

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.

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 and red sun
Drought 2015 - Peachland dock with wildfire smoke and red sun
Drought 2015 - Osoyoos with irrigated grapes
Drought 2015 - Osoyoos with irrigated grapes
Drought 2015 - Armstrong no lawn sprinkling sign
Drought 2015 - Armstrong no lawn sprinkling sign
Drought 2015 - Kelowna water restrictions sign
Drought 2015 - Kelowna water restrictions sign
Drought 2015 - Dry Grass Kelowna
Drought 2015 - Dry Grass Kelowna
Flood 2017 - Crazy waves overwhelm gabion barrier
Flood 2017 - Crazy waves overwhelm gabion barrier
Home behind flood waters
Flood 2017 - Home behind flood waters
Flood 2017 - See Saw in Water
Flood 2017 - See Saw in Water
Flood 2017 - Geese benefit from more swim space
Flood 2017 - Geese benefit from more swim space
Flood 2017 - Flood and wind-battered trees
Flood 2017 - Water volleyball