Coldwater watershed residents asked to conserve water

By James Peters
August 24, 2017 - 10:52am

MERRITT, B.C. — Saying conditions are extremely dry, the province has increased the drought stage for the Coldwater River watershed to Level Four.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development says flows on the Coldwater have dropped to critical thresholds for resident fish populations.

All water users are being urged to reduce their water consumption.

This includes residents, industry, farmers and municipalities.

In addition to the change for the Coldwater, the province is also raising the drought rating on the Salmon River watershed to a Level 3.

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