B.C. forecasts drought in summer months, urges people, businesses to conserve water

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Vancouver/CMEDIA: Much of the province of British Columbia (B.C.)  will experience drought conditions through the summer months,  forecasts suggest, and  is urging people, businesses across B.C. to conserve water, a news release has said.

Recent rains have provided relief for some regions in B.C., but not enough to overcome the limited rain and precipitation from previous months and  the increased flows that are present in some streams and river systems are likely to be short lived.  

Conservation of water not only reduces the risk of negatively affecting the environment and other water users but also ensures  an adequate water supply until rainfall can improve conditions.

If the province does not see sufficient results due to conservation measures, it would issue temporary protection orders under the Water Sustainability Act to water licensees to support drinking water for communities.

People and businesses in affected areas are advised to reduce water use.

Areas currently under Drought Level 4 include: the East Peace, Fort Nelson, and Finlay areas while the majority of other watershed basins in B.C. are in Drought Levels 2 or 3.

B.C. ranks drought levels from 0 to 5, with Drought Level 5 rated as the most severe with adverse impacts to socio-economic or ecosystem values.

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