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.

Scientific research indicates that these extreme weather events are going to become more common in our valley, and beyond.

As we work to address these events, Make Water Work is aimed at helping residents improve irrigation practices, create resilient landscapes that can handle wet and dry years, and ensure a healthy, sustainable water supply for our valley.

As hot, dry conditions continue in the Okanagan, the B.C. Government has now declared the region in Level 3 drought. Level 3 drought calls for voluntary conservation and restrictions, recognizing the potential for serious ecosystem or socio-economic impacts. In particular, there is concern about ensuring enough water to meet the needs of fish and our aquatic ecosystems, agriculture, and domestic needs. Please find our Okanagan Drought Bulletin in response to the Level 3 rating here.

(This is an increase from the Level 2 drought that was declared on May 30. Find our Okanagan Drought Bulletin, responding to the Level 2 drought rating here.)

These bulletins are intended to help local utilities prepare their systems and their customers for drought.  We are also working with the agricultural community, 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.’ Learn more about these efforts  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.

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

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
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 - Geese 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