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Peace Region asked to conserve water

A Low Stream Flow Advisory was issued for the east Peace Region yesterday, and the B.C. Government is now encouraging all Peace Region residents to conserve water. The advisory affects the Kiskatinaw, Moberly, Beatton and Fontas rivers (in the Liard River drainage area) and their tributaries, as well as areas east of these watersheds all the way to the Alberta border.

The combination of a below-average snowpack, and a dry and warm spring and summer has left the Peace Region as a whole with drought conditions, and some waterways with rare low flow rates. As no significant rainfall is in the weather forecast for the next 10 days, officials say river levels in most of the Peace Region are expected to drop further, which could lead to water shortages and affect people, agriculture, industry and fish stocks.

As a result, residents are asked to conserve water at this time, while the region's water rating is currently set at Drought Response Level 3. Although this is simply an encouragement at this time, regulations could soon be implemented.

Here are some tips to conserve water:

At home:
- Limit outdoor watering.
- Don't water during the heat of the day or when it's windy.
- Consider planting drought-tolerant vegetation.
- Take shorter showers.
- Don't leave the tap running.
- Install water-efficient showerheads and toilets.

On the farm:
- Implement an irrigation scheduling program using real-time weather
data.
- Schedule irrigation to match crop needs and soil storage capacity.
- Improve water system efficiencies and check for leaks.

Industry:
- Reduce non-essential water usage.
- Recycle water used in industrial operations.
- Utilize water-efficient methods and equipment.