Turn off the taps

Cariboo and Thompson-Okanagan residents urged to turn off the taps.

With streams and rivers in the Middle Fraser, Similkameen, Coldwater, Nicola and Kettle watersheds experiencing low flows, and weather conditions expected to remain dry, residents are urged to reduce water consumption.

The region is currently experiencing Level 3 drought conditions, which calls for voluntary water use reductions of 30 per cent.

The Interior could experience water supply shortages this year unless there is substantial precipitation.

Ministry staff are closely monitoring river levels and may upgrade the drought level if weather continues to have a negative effect on stream flows and water supply.

Local water conservation bylaws may differ from provincial conservation targets, due to local water supply and demand, and the availability of storage (lakes and reservoirs) or groundwater.

As conditions deteriorate, provincial water managers may exercise their authority to temporarily suspend authorized water usage in affected watersheds and aquifers.

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