British Columbia

Haida Gwaii hits level 3 drought conditions

The B.C. government is urging people living on Haida Gwaii to use less water due to low stream and groundwater levels on the archipelago.

People on the islands are being asked to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 30%

Haida Gwaii may be thought of as the Misty Isles, but dropping stream and groundwater levels this summer has brought it to a level 3 drought rating. (Mark Forsythe/CBC)

The B.C. government is urging people living on Haida Gwaii to use less water due to low stream and groundwater levels that have brought the archipelago to a level 3 drought rating.

Residents — along with municipal, agricultural and industrial users — are asked to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 30 per cent, according to a government release.

"Impacts from recent precipitation were short-lived, and stream and groundwater levels are expected to continue to drop," the Ministry of Forests wrote.

If water levels keep dropping, Haida Gwaii may join parts of Vancouver Island that are already at level 4 drought — the highest level.

Provincial water managers could also temporarily suspend water use in affected watersheds and aquifers, if necessary.

Haida Gwaii has joined the west coast of Vancouver Island at level 3 drought, due to dropping stream and groundwater levels. (B.C. Government)

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