No worries over water supply

The most recently recorded water levels in the Duteau Creek Reservoir are 154 per cent of normal.

It looks like Greater Vernon will be getting an average dosage of water from the snowpack this year.

The Regional District of North Okanagan continuously tracks climate information to help predict water supplies levels, and water sustainability coordinator Emma Posluns says snow levels are around average right now.

"Snow pack readings were taken by the RDNO March 26, 2013 at three monitoring stations near the Duteau Creek Water Reservoirs," Posluns said.

These readings show the snow water equivalent, or water content of the snow, at 109 per cent of average for this time of year. RDNO also tracks snow depth and found levels to be at 102 per cent of average.  As of March 26, 2013, the stored water volume in the Duteau Creek Reservoirs was 154 per cent of average.

According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, April snowpack levels are at 107 per cent of normal for the Okanagan-Kettle Basin, which includes our Kalamalka Lake water source. The South Thompson Basin, covering the Duteau Creek Water Reservoirs, was recorded at 111 per cent of normal.

"This information indicates that we are currently experiencing an average year for snow levels," Posluns said.

The BC River Forecast Centre also predicts normal or close to average temperatures and precipitation for the next three months. RDNO will continue to monitor climate trends and water supplies.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230.


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