Province issues water conservation letters to licence holders

Dry side channel of Kettle River west of Grand Forks (Graham Watt photo)

Amid level 4 drought, Province issues letters to water licencees in Kettle River. From the letter:

Responding to the continued dry conditions, the Province of BC is announcing a Level 4 drought for the Kettle watershed based on declining steam flows. Aligning with the Provincial Drought Response Plan, the target under Drought Level 4 conditions is defined as increased voluntary conservation, potential restrictions and regulatory actions if required. All licensed surface water users are reminded of the 30% voluntary reduction from the Level 3 Drought letter sent July 20, 2015 and are advised regulatory actions are being prepared in the event these conditions continue…

Groundwater extraction from aquifers that are hydrologically connected to a stream generally include wells completed in unconfined sand and gravel aquifers where the intake is not separated from the surface water body by a confining (e.g. clay) layer. Your voluntary compliance in reducing use from these sources is important for maintaining cool groundwater inputs into streams in the Kettle watershed this summer, and for preventing long-term groundwater level declines in the aquifer.

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