Water

Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)

Swimming still not recommended at popular North Okanagan beach

Algae bloom also causes cautionary drinking water notification

Beach goers have been urged to refain from swimming at Kal Beach for two weeks. (Contributed)
The Similkameen River as seen from the Red Bridge west of Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Keremeos enters stage 2 water restrictions

The watering restrictions are in place for the foreseeable future

The Similkameen River as seen from the Red Bridge west of Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
Part of the Peachland water treatment plant during construction. (District of Peachland/Facebook)

Costs go up for Peachland water treatment plant project

Staff asked for more funding to get the project to the finish line

Part of the Peachland water treatment plant during construction. (District of Peachland/Facebook)
The District of Coldstream is discouraging swimmers from using Kal Beach after bacterial levels higher than Health Canada’s approved guidelines were discovered in the lake Thursday, Aug. 12. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)

Swimming not recommended at popular Okanagan beach

District of Coldstream is discouraging people from swimming at Kal Beach due to the high levels of bacteria found Thursday

The District of Coldstream is discouraging swimmers from using Kal Beach after bacterial levels higher than Health Canada’s approved guidelines were discovered in the lake Thursday, Aug. 12. (Justin Ketterer - Contributed)
A water quality advisory has been lifted for customer on the Mabel Lake water utility. (Black Press file photo)

Some Vernon water taps run dry today

Emergency repairs on Okanagan Landing leave Predator Ridge and more without water for several hours

A water quality advisory has been lifted for customer on the Mabel Lake water utility. (Black Press file photo)
Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)

Plans to prohibit use of Salmon Arm aquifers for commercial water sales progress

Council explores zoning options because municipalities aren’t consulted about groundwater licences

Salmon Arm council explores zoning options for prohibiting commercial water sales from public aquifers, will seek legal opinion on possible zoning changes. (File photo)
Creek flows are so low that fish are dying in the shallow water. (Okanagan Nation Alliance)

Low flows, high temperatures killing fish in Okanagan creeks

The drought conditions are threatening fish habitat in Okanagan creeks

Creek flows are so low that fish are dying in the shallow water. (Okanagan Nation Alliance)
The City of Kelowna will start enforcing Stage 1 watering restrictions in a bid to conserve water. (Linda Scott photo)

City of Kelowna ups water restriction enforcement as drought conditions continue

If you have received a warning and are caught watering outside your schedule, you will be fined

The City of Kelowna will start enforcing Stage 1 watering restrictions in a bid to conserve water. (Linda Scott photo)
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Smoke from the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire settling over the Town of Oliver on Wednesday night, July 28. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Oliver restricts watering to one day a week

Non-residential users are also being asked to further reduce their water usage

Smoke from the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire settling over the Town of Oliver on Wednesday night, July 28. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
People go for a swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna on June 22, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Okanagan Lake hits lowest level since 2003

Despite its low level, it’s not a dire situation yet, according to provincial dam manager

People go for a swim in Okanagan Lake in Kelowna on June 22, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
The City of West Kelowna is reminding customers that Stage 2 restrictions are still in effect. (Black Press file photo)

‘Conserve now’: West Kelowna urges residents to reduce water use

The city is asking residential, commercial and agricultural customers to reduce outdoor water use by 30 per cent

The City of West Kelowna is reminding customers that Stage 2 restrictions are still in effect. (Black Press file photo)
OASISS has been monitoring Okanagan lakes for invasive mussels for nine years. Local residents with private docks are being asked to assist. (Photo/OASISS)

Residents asked to help keep Okanagan lakes free from invasive mussels

A group has been monitoring the lakes for nine years to prevent a mussel infestation

OASISS has been monitoring Okanagan lakes for invasive mussels for nine years. Local residents with private docks are being asked to assist. (Photo/OASISS)
A boil water notice has been issued for customers of the Oyama Lake source in Lake Country after a water main break Saturday, July 24. (Black Press - file photo)

Boil water notice issued by District of Lake Country for Oyama Lake source

Water main break the culprit behind notice, which was issued Saturday, July 24

A boil water notice has been issued for customers of the Oyama Lake source in Lake Country after a water main break Saturday, July 24. (Black Press - file photo)
Stage 1 water restrictions take effect in Osoyoos. (File photo)

Stage 1 water restrictions implemented in Osoyoos

The restrictions start July 19 and include not washing your car or boat

Stage 1 water restrictions take effect in Osoyoos. (File photo)
Okanagan Lake water level manager Shaun Reimer at the Penticton dam regulating the water release from Okanagan Lake further south into the Okanagan Valley watershed. (OBWB photo)

Water security a B.C. economic driver

New study says $100 million watershed investment over next decade will create 13,000 new jobs

Okanagan Lake water level manager Shaun Reimer at the Penticton dam regulating the water release from Okanagan Lake further south into the Okanagan Valley watershed. (OBWB photo)
Oliver goes into Stage 2 water restrictions asking farmers to reduce watering where they can and for residents to use irrigation only twice a week. (File photo)

Town of Oliver implements stricter water restrictions

Residents are asked to restrict their irrigating to two days a week

Oliver goes into Stage 2 water restrictions asking farmers to reduce watering where they can and for residents to use irrigation only twice a week. (File photo)
Floating on inflatables is not recommended on Enderby’s Shuswap River right now. (Morning Star file photo)

Near drowning reported on Enderby’s Shuswap River

Inflatables still not recommended on the fast-flowing water

Floating on inflatables is not recommended on Enderby’s Shuswap River right now. (Morning Star file photo)
Star indicates the current water storage level in the combined Haddo, Grizzly, and Aberdeen reservoirs that compose the Duteau Creek Reservoir System. (Greater Vernon Water graph)

Vernon, Coldstream tightens taps on water use

Stage 1 restrictions in place for Greater Vernon as levels are below normal

Star indicates the current water storage level in the combined Haddo, Grizzly, and Aberdeen reservoirs that compose the Duteau Creek Reservoir System. (Greater Vernon Water graph)
Sprinklers are on mid-day at Polson Park amid a heat wave that has temperatures floating into the mid-40s. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)

North Okanagan tightens taps on water use

Stage 1 restrictions in place for Greater Vernon as levels are below normal

Sprinklers are on mid-day at Polson Park amid a heat wave that has temperatures floating into the mid-40s. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)