07/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/22/2021 14:06
Drought continues to impact eastern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Most areas have recorded no rainfall for more than five weeks, with continued dry weather in the forecast.
Water conservation is everyone's responsibility. Everyone needs to do their part to conserve water resources, to reduce the risk of impacts on the environment and other water users.
Eastern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands remain at Drought Level 4, where adverse impacts on fish and ecosystems are likely. Water shortages in several private groundwater wells have also been reported. Areas with high risks of additional impacts from water scarcity include, but are not limited to, the following watershed areas:
British Columbia ranks drought levels from 0 to 5. Drought Level 5 is rated as the most severe, with adverse impacts to socioeconomic or ecosystem values being almost certain.
All water users across the region need to reduce their water use wherever possible and observe all watering restrictions from their local/regional government or water utility provider. If conservation measures do not achieve sufficient results and drought conditions worsen, temporary protection orders under the Water Sustainability Act may be issued to water licensees to avoid significant or irreversible harm to aquatic ecosystems. Provincial staff are actively monitoring the situation and working to balance water uses with environmental flow needs.
General water conservation tips:
On the farm:
Drought portal (maps, tables):
Freshwater sportfishing regulations and angling closures: