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.’
To that end, we issued our first “Okanagan Drought Bulletin” for 2018 on June 26 and a second on August 24 with information on the local water supply situation. The first bulletin was in response to the province declaring Level 2 drought in watersheds surrounding the Okanagan and the fact that although our valley was at Level 1, the forecast was for a hot, dry summer and possibly drought. The second bulletin was released as the drought deepened, as some Okanagan streams began to dry and the province declared our region in Level 2 drought. You can find the June 26 bulletin here and the August 24 bulletin here. You can find more information on our Okanagan Basin Water Board – Drought Information Page.
BC DROUGHT LEVELS EXPLAINED
WHAT YOU CAN DO?
If you water (not everyone does)… make sure to follow the tips here to get the most from your water.
Find water restrictions for your neighbourhood using the drop down menu below.
Find water regulations specific to your utility
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.
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.