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Drought in Dawson Creek causes water restrictions

It's another dry summer in the Peace Region, and that's had a significant impact on the Kiskatinaw River. It's Dawson Creek's main source of water, and the city has had to impose water restrictions on its residents and industry. We spoke to Dawson Creek mayor Mike Bernier.

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The energy operations in the region are also being affected. The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission issued a notice today, requiring all oil and gas operators in the region to suspend all short-term water withdrawals.  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.

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