Islanders must conserve water: province

The province announced a Level 3 drought rating for all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Island as several important salmon streams are approaching critical environmental flow thresholds for ecosystems and fish

Drought conditions prompt call for water conservation on Vancouver Island

It's that time of year again.

All surface-level water and groundwater users, including residents, industry, farmers and municipalities are asked to voluntarily reduce water use under Level 3 conditions.

Vancouver Island is experiencing drought conditions.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre has raised concerns about low snow levels in regions around the province, including the Upper Fraser West, Nechacko, Lower Fraser, East Kootenay, Okanagan, Boundary, Similkameen, South Coast, Vancouver Island and Skeena-Nass.

The province has also declared a Level 3 drought rating for the Fort Nelson area in Northern B.C. due to below-normal stream flows and signs of drought in smaller streams.

While a few streams are backed by storage reservoirs, environmental conditions are being closely monitored to ensure the safety of the fish, the ministry said.

The government says if voluntary reductions don't work to maintain stream flows above critical levels, it may consider regulating water use under the Water Sustainability Act.

The actions could include the temporary suspension of water licenses or short-term water approvals until levels are returned to minimum critical levels. Stage 1 restrictions are in effect in Greater Victoria and the Comox Valley, Stage 2 restrictions are in effect for the Regional District of Nanaimo and much of the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Residents of Vancouver Island are urged to conserve water as the province announced Friday a level three drought rating for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

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