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Greater Vernon Water Spring Water Supply Update

Posted Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) monitors the water levels in its reservoirs year-round. Early spring is often of particular interest to the water utility as current and forecasted conditions help predict our summer water supplies. Right now, the water levels in the Duteau Creek storage reservoirs (Aberdeen, Haddo and Grizzly) are well below normal, but many upcoming variables could change the water levels as we head into spring and summer.

The local snowpack is close to normal, but March was relatively dry. Reservoir levels are typically lower just before the spring snowmelt, so staff are actively managing reservoir water outflows, as infrastructure allows, to maintain as much water in storage as possible while preserving stream flows for ecosystem needs.

Snowpack is one factor that plays a role in filling our reservoirs during spring and early summer.  Forecasted precipitation in the spring is another indicator. Maintaining stored water is also essential this year as long-range precipitation forecasts are not favourable. There is a 40-50% probability of below-normal spring precipitation, which is concerning as June is usually our wettest month.

These are early predictions, and water levels may change, but it is a good opportunity to check irrigation systems and plumbing for leaks ahead of the summer season. We can all do our part to use water efficiently and save it for where it is needed most – our farms, forests, and fish. Visit www.rdno.ca/waterwise for lots of helpful tips on finding leaks and choosing colourful low water need plants for your yard.

For further information, call 250.550.3700 or visit www.rdno.ca/water to view the latest reservoir levels.

Click here for the latest reservoir storage level graph