From floods to drought

Residents in parts of northern and southeast B.C. are being asked to reduce water consumption because of drought conditions.

The Peace, Upper Fraser East and West, and Boundary regions are listed at Level 3 drought conditions, which require all surface-water and groundwater users including municipalities, farmers and industry to reduce consumption.

The province says stream levels have dropped and, while some larger rivers still have normal flows, tributaries have dropped to levels of concern for fish and ecosystems.

The government says larger systems, such as the Nechako, are not affected, but that could change if dry conditions prevail.

Despite serious flooding in the spring, a lack of precipitation since early July has caused streams to drop significantly in the Kettle Valley.

Angling closures are in effect on the Kettle River system and may be extended.

The government says if voluntary reductions don't maintain flows above critical levels, it may consider regulating water usage.


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