UPDATE: Drought-like conditions in northwestern B.C. spur call to reduce water usage

City of Terrace adds new watering restrictions to existing ones after province asks public and businesses to use less water.

The City of Terrace announced late today, Aug. 11, that new watering restrictions are in place after the province put out a release urging the public and businesses to reduce water usage by 30 per cent.

“As the Province of BC has upgraded the drought rating to level 3, additional water sprinkling restrictions are now in effect, as follows: Between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. only, on your day. Odd numbered addresses on odd numbered days [and] even numbered addresses on even numbered days.

“These restrictions are required to protect this valuable resource, ensure that adequate water supply is available for firefighting purposes, and to keep the costs of delivering water to a minimum. Hand sprinkling of flowers and shrubs with a controlled nozzle is allowed at any time,” said the city on its website and Facebook page.

“The City requests that residents reduce water use as much as possible and thanks you for your assistance in the sensible and moderate use of water.”

Manager economic development for the City of Terrace, Danielle Myles said “Our aquifers and pumping levels are good currently. Because of the drought level increase by the province, we are requesting that water users in Terrace assist us in taking this precautionary measure.”

Earlier today, the provincial government urged water users in the Skeena and Nass regions to voluntary reduce water use by 30 per cent.

The area is currently experiencing Level 3 hydrological drought conditions, which call for voluntary water-use reductions of 30 per cent from all surface-water and groundwater users, including municipal, agricultural and industrial users.

Ministry staff are closely monitoring river and well levels and may upgrade the drought level if the weather continues to have a negative effect on stream flows and water supply.

Residential, agricultural and industrial users within municipalities and the regional district are encouraged to observe local water conservation bylaws.

Water users are also encouraged to ensure that water intakes are screened to prevent fish from being pulled into water systems as water levels drop.

Low water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and high water temperatures.

Further reductions in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, agriculture, industry and fish stocks.

Ministry staff will continue to monitor conditions, work closely with local governments and key stakeholders, and provide updates as the need arises.

Should conditions continue to deteriorate, provincial water managers may exercise their authority to temporarily suspend authorized water usage in affected watersheds and aquifers.

The new Water Sustainability Act contains new tools to manage water use during times of scarcity, including authority for all households to access a basic amount of water for essential household needs, protection of crucial environmental flows for fish and ecosystems, and regulation of groundwater withdrawals that may affect streamflows.

Water conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Many communities in B.C. are prepared to deal with water supply shortages and low streamflow conditions by drought management plans and water conservation programs that are already in place.

Water conservation tips:

At home:

* Limit outdoor watering.

* Don’t water during the heat of the day or when it’s windy.

* Consider planting drought-tolerant vegetation.

* Take shorter showers.

* Don’t leave the tap running.

* Install water-efficient showerheads and toilets.

 

On the farm:

* Implement an irrigation-scheduling program using real-time weather

data.

* Schedule irrigation to match crop needs and soil storage capacity.

* Improve water-system efficiencies and check for leaks.

* Focus on high-value crops and livestock.

 

For industry:

* Reduce non-essential water usage.

* Recycle water used in industrial operations.

* Use water-efficient methods and equipment.

Learn more: B.C. Drought information: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/drought-flooding-dikes-dams/drought-information

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Coastal GasLink pipe continues to arrive in Terrace

Shipped by rail from Saskatchewan

No injuries reported following propane leak in Terrace

Hwy 16 closed off, businesses evacuated as emergency crews responded

Coastal GasLink stresses pipeline ‘on a schedule’ as B.C. appoints liaison for Wet’suwet’en

670-kilometre pipeline is schedule to be completed by end of 2023

River Kings dethrone Rampage to reclaim first place in CIHL standings

Terrace is heading to Rupert rivals Jan. 31 in what will be a pivotal match for first place

COLUMN | Creating a “community of practice” inspires

Art Matters by columnist Sarah Zimmerman

VIDEO: Feds look to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Sap thief taps Saanich park maple trees, faces hefty fine

One tree found with four taps in Mount Doug Park

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

Uber threatens legal action to ‘defend its right’ to operate in Surrey

‘I have no concerns,’ Mayor Doug McCallum replies

Victoria resident says WestJet employee uttered racist comment, refused to let her on plane

Customer claims she was told ‘You guys can’t handle your alcohol’ by WestJet employee

Bystander who tried to help dog being attacked not liable for its death: B.C. tribunal

Owner of dog killed tried to get $5,000 in damages from man who tried to save it

INFOGRAPHIC: See how fast your B.C. city grew in 2019

The province’s fastest-growing municipalities were located on Vancouver Island

Landowner hearings begin for Trans Mountain expansion in Alberta

Detailed route talks start in Spruce Grove, in B.C. communities soon

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Most Read