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Snow pack levels

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is tracking the latest climate information to help predict water supply levels for the coming year.

Snow pack plays an important role in supplying water to fill reservoirs in the Okanagan during spring melt.

Readings taken by GVW March 26, 2014 at three monitoring stations near the Duteau Creek Water Reservoirs show snow water equivalent, or water content of the snow, at 137% of average for this time of year. Water storage levels are currently above average.

According to the BC River Forecast Centre, March snow basin indices are at 97% of normal for the Okanagan-Kettle Basin, which includes our Kalamalka Lake water source.

The South Thompson Basin, which includes the Duteau Creek water reservoirs, is at 105% of normal.

The combined readings from GVW and the BC River Forecast Centre show a close to average year for snow pack and reservoir levels.

The BC River Forecast Centre predicts near normal stream run-off and precipitation in the Okanagan for spring and summer.

The Centre predicts a modest chance of above normal temperatures during the period of April to June 2014.

GVW will continue to monitor climate trends and water supplies. Updates will be reported as they are received via information bulletins, in local newspapers, and also online at www.rdno.ca.

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