Water

Interior Health reports an algal bloom was observed at the Salmon Arm wharf on Aug. 8, 2022. (File photo)

Parts of Shuswap Lake under ‘cautionary advisory’ due to algal bloom

Interior Health reports bloom observed at Salmon Arm wharf and Tappen on Aug. 8

 

Michael Mthandazo drowned saving his son from the Thompson River July 30. (GoFundMe photo)

Fundraiser started for family of Vernon doctor who drowned in Kamloops

Colleague initiates GoFundMe while search for man’s body continues

 

A man drowned in the Thompson River in Kamloops on McArthur Island. (Google images photo by Allen Bigg)

Vernon man suspected drowning victim in Kamloops

Long-weekend incident on Thompson River at McArthur Island

 

A large algal bloom occurred in Shuswap Lake in the summer of 2020. (B.C. Government photo)
A large algal bloom occurred in Shuswap Lake in the summer of 2020. (B.C. Government photo)
Watering restrictions in Sicamous went into effect on May 15 and continue until Sept. 15. (File photo)

Options for ramping up watering restrictions proposed for Sicamous

Bylaw amendment sparked by extreme heat and wildfires fires of the summer of 2021

Watering restrictions in Sicamous went into effect on May 15 and continue until Sept. 15. (File photo)
Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)

Heat wave puts water restrictions on tap for Okanagan community

Stress on water systems forces stage 2 restrictions, no sprinklers or irrigation

Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)
A boil water notice was issued for Sorrento Water System users on Tuesday morning, July 26, 2022. (File image)

Boil water notice issued for Sorrento water system users

CSRD says power disruption caused outage to system’s UV treatment process

  • Jul 26, 2022
A boil water notice was issued for Sorrento Water System users on Tuesday morning, July 26, 2022. (File image)
A water quality advisory for Enderby residents has been rescinded. (Stock photo)

Water taps run dry for some Falkland residents

Conservation urged after leak discovered

  • Jul 25, 2022
A water quality advisory for Enderby residents has been rescinded. (Stock photo)
Greater Vernon Recreation will host a pop-up spray park at Kin Park (beside Kal Tire Place) Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m. through to September beginning Monday, July 25. (Black Press file photo)

Vernon cools down with pop-up spray parks

The park will be located at Kin Park beside Kal Tire Place Monday to Friday, 4-7 p.m., starting July 25

Greater Vernon Recreation will host a pop-up spray park at Kin Park (beside Kal Tire Place) Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m. through to September beginning Monday, July 25. (Black Press file photo)
The outlet pipe at Isintok Lake has now been replaced. The new pipe was officially opened on July 19, 2022. The work came in under budget. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland reservoir upgrade completed under budget

Failing outlet pipe at Isintok Lake has been replaced

The outlet pipe at Isintok Lake has now been replaced. The new pipe was officially opened on July 19, 2022. The work came in under budget. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Kildonan Boat Launch is closed due to high levels on Shuswap River in Enderby. (Shuswap River Ambassadors)

Enderby river floating discouraged following rescues

Shuswap River too dangerous for inflatables/paddling

Kildonan Boat Launch is closed due to high levels on Shuswap River in Enderby. (Shuswap River Ambassadors)
After the 2020 alagal bloom on Shuswap Lake, the Shuswap Watershed Council facilitated the development of a regional algae bloom response plan for the Shuswap watershed. (File photo)

Algal bloom or pollen?: Salmon Arm city councillor wants more timely water testing

Councillor concerned recent algal bloom advisory was prompted by reported sighting, not data.

  • Jul 12, 2022
After the 2020 alagal bloom on Shuswap Lake, the Shuswap Watershed Council facilitated the development of a regional algae bloom response plan for the Shuswap watershed. (File photo)
This June 29, 2022 map from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District shows areas affected by an advisory regarding a possible algae bloom. (CSRD map)

Shuswap Lake seeing high E. coli count at Sunnybrae Beach, also emerging algae bloom

A June 28 advisory referred to an ‘emerging algal bloom’ in Salmon Arm Bay and Sunnybrae/Canoe Point

This June 29, 2022 map from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District shows areas affected by an advisory regarding a possible algae bloom. (CSRD map)
Just as the first heat wave of summer hits the North Okanagan, a water quality advisory due to higher bacteria levels than allowed has forced the closure of Vernon’s Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake. (Morning Star - file photo)

Okanagan beach closed in heat wave due to water quality advisory

Higher bacteria levels than allowed in Okanagan Lake has forced temporary closure of Vernon’s Kin Beach

Just as the first heat wave of summer hits the North Okanagan, a water quality advisory due to higher bacteria levels than allowed has forced the closure of Vernon’s Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake. (Morning Star - file photo)
Shuswap River decreased three inches in three days but remains the highest it has been in five years. (Ambassadors photo)

Shuswap Lake rose 0.05 m in 24 hours

The lake level peaked in 1972

  • Jun 20, 2022
Shuswap River decreased three inches in three days but remains the highest it has been in five years. (Ambassadors photo)
A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man’s body recovered from Nanaimo lake after apparent drowning

Victim went for a swim Sunday, searchers found body Monday

A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Okanagan Basin Water Board has launched its Make Water Work campaign for 2022. (Black Press file photo)

Okanagan residents encouraged to get the most out of their water use

The Okanagan Basin Water Board’s ‘Make Water Work’ campaign is back ahead of the 2022 summer season

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has launched its Make Water Work campaign for 2022. (Black Press file photo)
City of Salmon Arm sprinkling regulations in effect from May 15 to Sept. 15. Another hot, dry summer could mean more stringent restrictions. (File photo)

Importance of conserving water in Salmon Arm rises to top with sprinkling restrictions

Regulations on who can water when in effect May 15, another dry summer may mean more stringent rules

City of Salmon Arm sprinkling regulations in effect from May 15 to Sept. 15. Another hot, dry summer could mean more stringent restrictions. (File photo)
The Mission Creek Restoration Initiative in Kelowna is one of 15 projects to receive funding from the Okanagan Basin Water Board. (OBWB photo)

Okanagan communities soak up water grants

Okanagan Basin Water Board doles out nearly $350,000 to 15 projects Valley-wide

The Mission Creek Restoration Initiative in Kelowna is one of 15 projects to receive funding from the Okanagan Basin Water Board. (OBWB photo)
(Barry Gerding/Black Press)

Lake Country residents battle noise as farmers use choppers to keep cherry crops dry

Excess water causes the cherry to split and no longer good for harvest

  • Apr 11, 2022
(Barry Gerding/Black Press)