Officials in Cowichan Valley concerned over water levels as Level 3 drought conditions set in

Cowichan River . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Rothbauer

Authorities in the Cowichan Valley Regional District on Vancouver Island are sounding the alarm over the drought conditions that the region is now facing.

Officials say as of May 26, Cowichan Lake has 46 per cent storage remaining, the lowest level for late-May since the dam was built in 1957.

Chemainus and Cowichan Rivers are also at record low levels.

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The region is already experiencing Level 3 drought, because the snowpack is at seven per cent of its normal level and the rainfall is at less than 40 per cent of the normal volume seen in April and May.

With the forecast calling for a hot, dry summer, the district says residents throughout the Cowichan Valley need to think about water conservation. Given the urgency of the situation, all agencies are working closely together to ensure critical water resources are maintained.

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The drought conditions may also imply no open burning and possible angling restrictions.

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