The province is asking people to voluntarily reduce their water usage throughout BC’s South coast.
Water Stewardship manager Valerie Cameron says levels are significantly dropping in smaller streams and rivers
Cameron says BC hasn’t seen dry weather like this in a long time.
“We have had drought years in the past but what is unusual about this year is the drought low flow conditions are happening so early in the year. We are seeing right now water levels in streams that we would normally see in August and September and now we are seeing them in June.”
Cameron says further restrictions could be coming.
“The BC drought response plan, the way it is written, that voluntary restrictions are in all levels even going up to level four. When we do get up to level four we can actually start to regulate water, which means we can restrict some water rate.”
We are currently in level three drought conditions.
People are being asked to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20-percent.
She says people most at risk are those who get their water from wells or streams not so much the Metro Vancouver regional district with its well managed water reservoirs.