According to The Vancouver Sun this week, Metro Vancouver’s reservoirs are in good shape to carry us through the summer months, despite the smaller snowpacks resulting from this year’s mild winter. This means only normal watering restrictions go into effect June 1, and we can expect healthy and happy lawns and gardens through the drier months, without risk of extreme conservation measures from Metro Vancouver.
“A staff report suggests the region should have enough water in its Seymour, Capilano and Coquitlam reservoirs, as well as its alpine lakes, to serve the population this year, despite a snowpack in the South Coast Mountains that is 13 per cent below normal and spring run-off expected to be “well below normal.”
The report noted the Capilano reservoir is already at 99 per cent of full summer storage capacity, and Seymour Lake at 87 per cent, with all alpine lakes at 100 per cent. Both the Seymour and Capilano, as well as the Coquitlam reservoir, which is owned by BC Hydro, should be at 100 per cent of full summer storage capacity by early May, the report states.”
You can read the full Vancouver Sun article here: http://www.vancouversun.com/Metro+Vancouver+reservoirs+ready+summer/11011935/story.html
Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, VANCOUVER SUN