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Emergency repair puts Vernon under water quality advisory

Precaution for Duteau customers after Lavington incident fixed

 

Summerland council is considering a bylaw requiring pit meters. (District of Summerland photo)

Summerland council considers pit meters

Proposed water meter bylaw change debated at council table

 

A broken water main flooded Wood Avenue in Armstrong Friday, Jan 7, 2022. (Trudy Damery photo)

Water geyser floods Armstrong road

Water has been shut off in the immediate area while crews work on a fix

A broken water main flooded Wood Avenue in Armstrong Friday, Jan 7, 2022. (Trudy Damery photo)
Amid frigid weather in the Okanagan, Vernon firefighters are offering tips for managing freezing water lines and avoiding carbon monoxide buildup. (Vernon Firefighters Local 1517 photo)

Okanagan firefighters offer home safety tips during cold snap

Vernon Firefighters Local 1517 reminds residents to guard against freezing pipes, CO build-up

Amid frigid weather in the Okanagan, Vernon firefighters are offering tips for managing freezing water lines and avoiding carbon monoxide buildup. (Vernon Firefighters Local 1517 photo)
Classes will be relocated from the school to Golden Secondary School and Alexander Park Elementary School temporarily. (File photo)

Water main breaks in Golden on Lady Grey private line

It is estimated that the system lost approximately 3.6ML (800,000 gall) of water

Classes will be relocated from the school to Golden Secondary School and Alexander Park Elementary School temporarily. (File photo)
The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)

Okanagan water briefs: B.C. invasive mussel protection efforts find traction

Okanagan Basin Water Board says ongoing mussel interception vigilance remains critical

The propeller of a motorized boat encrusted with invasive mussels. Zebra and Quagga mussels can thrive in tiny crevices and even inside outboard motors, meaning very thorough cleaning is required to prevent their spread. (Contributed)
Members of the Iqaluit Fire Department assist with flushing the city’s water pipes in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Engineers say the source of fuel in Iqaluit’s water likely comes from an underground fuel tank built in 1962. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dustin Patar
Members of the Iqaluit Fire Department assist with flushing the city’s water pipes in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Engineers say the source of fuel in Iqaluit’s water likely comes from an underground fuel tank built in 1962. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dustin Patar
Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls is just one aspect of the work managed by the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District. Image: Google maps

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District facing severe shortfall for needed upgrades

The district has $4.6 million worth of necessary infrastructure improvements

Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls is just one aspect of the work managed by the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District. Image: Google maps
Flooding concerns would need to be addressed in any upgrade to existing Okanagan Lake regulation system infrastructure and management plan. (File photo)

Plan to upgrade Okanagan Lake water flow management

Province sets agenda to create new infrastructure and water flow management program

Flooding concerns would need to be addressed in any upgrade to existing Okanagan Lake regulation system infrastructure and management plan. (File photo)
Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The City of Iqaluit says an old underground spill is likely responsible for fuel that is contaminating the city’s tap water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Underground fuel spill found next to Iqaluit’s water treatment plant

No timeline for when the city’s residents will be able to drink Iqaluit’s tap water again

Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The City of Iqaluit says an old underground spill is likely responsible for fuel that is contaminating the city’s tap water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
Upgrades to Lake Country's wastewater facility are moving ahead, to the tune of $8.8 million. (District photo)

Lake Country borrowing $8.8M for wastewater treatment

Electoral approval obtained through alternate approval process

Upgrades to Lake Country's wastewater facility are moving ahead, to the tune of $8.8 million. (District photo)
Twin Lakes has experienced flood damage in past years. The Lower Nipit Improvement District is now asking the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to assume ownership of the infrastructure in the region (Black Press file photo)

Decision postponed on Twin Lakes water system

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board to revisit request to take over infrastructure

Twin Lakes has experienced flood damage in past years. The Lower Nipit Improvement District is now asking the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to assume ownership of the infrastructure in the region (Black Press file photo)
The Okanagan Lake Dam pictured in 2019. (Okanagan WaterWise/Facebook)

Okanagan Lake Dam called ‘inadequate’ for flood mitigation

Climate change is driving the changes in lake levels, the Okanagan Basin Water Board said

The Okanagan Lake Dam pictured in 2019. (Okanagan WaterWise/Facebook)
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

A rainbow appears over O’Keefe Ranch following a Sept. 26 rainfall. (Susan Cseh photo)
Isintok Lake has been drained down in order to allow for the replacement of an outflow pipe. The old outflow pipe has reached the end of its life. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Crews replacing outflow pipe at Summerland reservoir lake

Project at Isintok Lake costs around $2.4 million

Isintok Lake has been drained down in order to allow for the replacement of an outflow pipe. The old outflow pipe has reached the end of its life. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Okanagan Basin Water Board chair Sue McKortoff (left) received a congratulatory certificate from Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray marking the water agency's 50th anniversary in 2020 at an event held in Bertram Creek Regional Park.  Gray was unable to attend the event, as the certificate was presented to McKortoff by her assistant Gina Lang. (Barry Gerding - File photo)

Strengthening water conservation efforts in the Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Basin Water Board provides vital link between water resource managers and community stakeholders

Okanagan Basin Water Board chair Sue McKortoff (left) received a congratulatory certificate from Kelowna-Lake Country MP Tracy Gray marking the water agency's 50th anniversary in 2020 at an event held in Bertram Creek Regional Park.  Gray was unable to attend the event, as the certificate was presented to McKortoff by her assistant Gina Lang. (Barry Gerding - File photo)
Kokanee salmon. (Tim O’Leary/King County)

Okanagan kokanee spawning initiative suffers setback

Okanagan Lake drawdown timing blamed for fish kill

Kokanee salmon. (Tim O’Leary/King County)
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)
Better Earth Gardens in Kelowna staff member with water conservation information. The garden centre is one of several in the Okanagan who are partners in our Make Water Work program. (Contributed)

Water diligence urged amid continued drought conditions in the Okanagan

Cooler temperatures are a welcome sight but extremely dry conditions remain

Better Earth Gardens in Kelowna staff member with water conservation information. The garden centre is one of several in the Okanagan who are partners in our Make Water Work program. (Contributed)