April 10, 2010 — Oga Nwobosi visits the Okanagen Valley to find out why the water levels have people worried.
Okanagen residents were hoping for a winter with lots of snow. Unfortunately that didn't happen.
Now, because of the dry winter months, there is concern for the amount of water that will be available in the summer. In fact, in January, Kelowna saw about a third of it's normal snowfall.
That's left a lot of experts fearing that the local water supply could be in jeopardy.
Kelowna Mayor, Sharon Shephard says that as the warmer season approaches, she may have to look at imposing water restrictions on her town's residents.
But low water isn't new for the region. Nine out of the last 10 years have been dryer than normal.
One of the major worries with record breaking dryness, is that of forest fires. In 2003, similar weather patterns were in the Okanagan and that contributed to massive forest fires.
The Mayor of the District of West Kelowna, Doug Findlater says that there have already been two brush fires and that the local fire chief has canceled all burning permits.
The Weather Network is calling for a dry spring and summer for much of the area.