BC Wildfire Management Branch ranked southern Vancouver Island at an "extreme fire danger" rating from June 17th to August 28th. See the latest ranking here
In such dry conditions, our communities need water reserves for potential fire-fighting, another stress on our water supply, but a highly critical need. The RDN Emergency Planning Department has information on local wildfire protection plans and fire hazard ratings.
City of Nanaimo and Town of Qualicum Beach have experienced less stress on their water supply, both due to lower demand by residents and more storage / better yielding sources. Nevertheless, the water purveyors in both those communities are still taking action to require and promote water conservation.
No matter if you live in a water service area or if you are on your own well --- these water conservation tips from Team WaterSmart help you take action to save water!
Please Click Here for the BC Drought Response frequently actions questions page.
Here is a link to the Ministry of Agriculture Drought Management Tips that covers irrigation management, crop management soil management and more.
The new BC Drought 2015 map shows drought levels, the fishing closures, the 7 day average streamflow, and more.
There are also provisions in the new BC Water Sustainability Act that will provide tools to allow for improved water management across the province. It comes into force early 2016.
Back to back winters with little to no snowpack means groundwater recharge and stream flow contributions could be facing a deficit in some areas that rely on snowmelt for the local water balance. This potentially impacts our drinking water supply in groundwater dependent areas, water for agriculture, and the viability of fish habitat.
We need to plan ahead for the prediction that summer 2016 may be a repeat of what we saw this summer.
The RDN has in place (and is working on implementing more) monitoring programs for:
The RDN's Drinking Water & Watershed Protection program has been a front-runner in water education, awareness, science, monitoring, and incentive programs since 2009. This commitment to understanding and protecting our water resources is not prompted by the recent drought but rather is a long-range mandate.