Water

Campbell River has moved to Stage 2 watering restrictions, but watering by hand or hose with an automatic shut-off valve is still permitted. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Water restrictions turned off in rural Lumby, Enderby and Grindrod areas

Supply and demand conditions return to normal following dry, hot summer

 

A rainbow appears over O’Keefe Ranch following a Sept. 26 rainfall. (Susan Cseh photo)

Water, permit fee relief for Westside residents following wildfire

Central Okanagan Regional District gives a break to more than 1,300 properties affected

 

Salmon Arm council gave third reading to zoning bylaw amendments aimed at prohibiting the bottling of groundwater for commercial sale. (File photo)

Salmon Arm council turns to zoning to plug groundwater extraction for bottling

Bylaw prohibits facilities being used for bottling water for commercial sale in all zones

 

Starting Sept. 7, 2021, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District will be replacing aging components of Anglemont’s water system. (Black Press file photo)

Water shutdowns to affect North Shuswap residents as water system replaced

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is upgrading Anglemont’s water system

Starting Sept. 7, 2021, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District will be replacing aging components of Anglemont’s water system. (Black Press file photo)
Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)

B.C. urged to conserve water as drought conditions persist through summer’s end

Recent rains have alleviated drought conditions in some parts of B.C., but severe drought remains

Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)
Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)

Swimming still not recommended at popular North Okanagan beach

Algae bloom also causes cautionary drinking water notification

Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)
Plan recommends universal water meters for Salmon Arm as water system stretched by extreme temperatures this summer. (File photo)

Meters seen as top option for conserving Salmon Arm water

Increased demand during high temperatures tax water system but 55 per cent of homes not metered

Plan recommends universal water meters for Salmon Arm as water system stretched by extreme temperatures this summer. (File photo)
Part of the Peachland water treatment plant during construction. (District of Peachland/Facebook)

Costs go up for Peachland water treatment plant project

Staff asked for more funding to get the project to the finish line

Part of the Peachland water treatment plant during construction. (District of Peachland/Facebook)
The District of Coldstream is discouraging swimmers from using Kal Beach after bacterial levels higher than Health Canada’s approved guidelines were discovered in the lake Thursday, Aug. 12. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)

Swimming not recommended at popular Okanagan beach

District of Coldstream is discouraging people from swimming at Kal Beach due to the high levels of bacteria found Thursday

The District of Coldstream is discouraging swimmers from using Kal Beach after bacterial levels higher than Health Canada’s approved guidelines were discovered in the lake Thursday, Aug. 12. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)
A water quality advisory has been lifted for customer on the Mabel Lake water utility. (Black Press file photo)

Some Vernon water taps run dry today

Emergency repairs on Okanagan Landing leave Predator Ridge and more without water for several hours

A water quality advisory has been lifted for customer on the Mabel Lake water utility. (Black Press file photo)
The District of Sicamous’ water treatment facility, pictured on June 2, 2021. (Zachary Roman-Eagle Valley News)

Sicamous using less water since 2017, new report shows

District water costs remain consistent, showing small increase of about $4,000

The District of Sicamous’ water treatment facility, pictured on June 2, 2021. (Zachary Roman-Eagle Valley News)
Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)

Plans to prohibit use of aquifers in Salmon Arm for commercial water sales progress

Council explores zoning options because municipalities aren’t consulted about groundwater licences

Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)
Creek flows are so low that fish are dying in the shallow water. (Okanagan Nation Alliance)

Low flows, high temperatures killing fish in Okanagan creeks

The drought conditions are threatening fish habitat in Okanagan creeks

Creek flows are so low that fish are dying in the shallow water. (Okanagan Nation Alliance)
The City of Kelowna will start enforcing Stage 1 watering restrictions in a bid to conserve water. (Linda Scott photo)

City of Kelowna ups water restriction enforcement as drought conditions continue

If you have received a warning and are caught watering outside your schedule, you will be fined

The City of Kelowna will start enforcing Stage 1 watering restrictions in a bid to conserve water. (Linda Scott photo)
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The City of West Kelowna is reminding customers that Stage 2 restrictions are still in effect. (Black Press file photo)

‘Conserve now’: West Kelowna urges residents to reduce water use

The city is asking residential, commercial and agricultural customers to reduce outdoor water use by 30 per cent

The City of West Kelowna is reminding customers that Stage 2 restrictions are still in effect. (Black Press file photo)
A boil water notice has been issued for customers of the Oyama Lake source in Lake Country after a water main break Saturday, July 24. (Black Press - file photo)

Boil water notice issued by District of Lake Country for Oyama Lake source

Water main break the culprit behind notice, which was issued Saturday, July 24

A boil water notice has been issued for customers of the Oyama Lake source in Lake Country after a water main break Saturday, July 24. (Black Press - file photo)
Okanagan Lake water level manager Shaun Reimer at the Penticton dam regulating the water release from Okanagan Lake further south into the Okanagan Valley watershed. (OBWB photo)

Water security a B.C. economic driver

New study says $100 million watershed investment over next decade will create 13,000 new jobs

Okanagan Lake water level manager Shaun Reimer at the Penticton dam regulating the water release from Okanagan Lake further south into the Okanagan Valley watershed. (OBWB photo)
A notice asking Sicamous residents to conserve water was posted on July 15, 2021. (District of Sicamous image)

Dry spell causes unprecedented demand on Sicamous’ water system

District asks residents to limit non-essential water use

A notice asking Sicamous residents to conserve water was posted on July 15, 2021. (District of Sicamous image)
Floating on inflatables is not recommended on Enderby’s Shuswap River right now. (Morning Star file photo)

Near drowning reported on Enderby’s Shuswap River

Inflatables still not recommended on the fast-flowing water

Floating on inflatables is not recommended on Enderby’s Shuswap River right now. (Morning Star file photo)