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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.

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.

IMAGES FROM 2015 DROUGHT & 2017 FLOOD

okanagan water management and conservation Make Water Work Drought 2015 Sheep in Summerland Drought 2015 - Sheep in Summerland
Drought 2015 - Sheep in Summerland
okanagan water management and conservation Make Water Work Drought 2015 Drought sign in Penticton Drought 2015 - Drought Sign in Penticton
Drought 2015 - Drought Sign in Penticton
okanagan water management and conservation Make Water Work Drought 2015 Peachland dock with wildfire smoke and red sun Drought 2015 - Peachland dock with wildfire smoke and red sun
Drought 2015 - Peachland dock with wildfire smoke and red sun
okanagan water management and conservation Make Water Work Drought 2015 Osoyoos with irrigated grapes
Drought 2015 - Osoyoos with irrigated grapes
okanagan water management and conservation Drought 2015_5_Armstrong no lawn sprinkling sign Drought 2015 - Armstrong no lawn sprinkling sign
Drought 2015 - Armstrong no lawn sprinkling sign
okanagan water management and conservation Drought 2015_6_Kelowna water restrictions sign Drought 2015 - Kelowna water restrictions sign
Drought 2015 - Kelowna water restrictions sign
okanagan water management and conservation dry grass_Kel. Old Vernon Rd_Kelowna Daily Courier Drought 2015 - Dry Grass Kelowna
Drought 2015 - Dry Grass Kelowna
okanagan water management and conservation Flood 2017_1_Crazy waves overwhelm gabion barrier Flood 2017 - Crazy waves overwhelm gabion barrier
Flood 2017 - Crazy waves overwhelm gabion barrier
okanagan water management and conservation Flood 2017_2_Home behind flood waters Home behind flood waters
Flood 2017 - Home behind flood waters
okanagan water management and conservation Flood 2017_3_See saw in water Flood 2017 - See Saw in Water
Flood 2017 - See Saw in Water
okanagan water management and conservation Flood 2017_4_Geese benefit from more swim space Flood 2017 - Geese benefit from more swim space
Flood 2017 - Geese benefit from more swim space
okanagan water management and conservation Flood 2017_5_Flood and wind-battered trees
Flood 2017 - Flood and wind-battered trees
okanagan water management and conservation Flood 2017_6_Water volleyball
Flood 2017 - Water volleyball