News from Kamloops

August 24, 2015

City Advises Voluntary Water Consumption Reduction

Kamloops, B.C. – The City of Kamloops is asking all residences/businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 30% in light of current river levels.

Responding to dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the South Thompson and North Thompson Basins. Short periods of rain have not been sufficient to recharge aquifers or create lasting effects on local stream flow levels. The Government has taken the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout the Thompson Okanagan due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.

What does the Drought Level rating mean?     

  • Level 4 means a region is experiencing extremely dry conditions.
  • Water supply is insufficient to meet socio-economic and ecosystem needs.
  • Level 4 drought conditions call for voluntary water conservation, restrictions and regulatory responses from the government. A maximum reduction may be imposed.

What do I need to do?
The City of Kamloops is requesting voluntary water reductions of 30% by all water users for the remainder of the dry season. This is critical to avoid further regulated restrictions should conditions worsen and stream flows continue to decline.

What is Kamloops experiencing?
River levels in the North and South Thompson rivers are reaching historical lows and in many cases temperatures are reaching lethal limits for migrating salmon. Predicitions are that above average summer air temperature and reduced precipitation will continue, and likely will further contribute to elevated stream and river temperatures in the Thompson and Okanagan areas. The South Thompson River is a critical tributary for the migrating Adams River Sockeye salmon run. The North Thompson River supports fish population of Bull Trout, Kokanee, Coho and Chinnok salmon returning to spawn in the late summer.

The City will advise residents once the voluntary restrictions are over.

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Media Contact:

Micheal Firlotte, Utility Services Manager
City of Kamloops

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