Only operators withdrawing water from dugouts, or the following rivers are exempt from the suspension: Peace River, Halfway River, Pine River, Sikanni Chief River, and Muskwa River.

The notice points to Fort St. John and Fort Nelson only receiving 30 to 40 per cent of normal rainfall, which has caused several rivers to be near or below record low flows for this time of year.

The OGC says that if necessary, it will help companies identify options for alternative short-term water supply during this time.