The BC government is urging Cariboo-Chilcotin residents to reduce the amount of water they use.
The province has announced Level 3 drought conditions in the Middle Fraser region and the warm, dry weather in the forecast isn’t helping matters.
Level 3 drought conditions call for voluntary water use reductions of 30 per cent overall from municipal, agricultural, and industrial users.
Forests ministry staff expect that the Cariboo and Chilcotin could see significant water shortages this year.
Staff are keeping a close watch on river levels and ecosystems and may upgrade the drought level to its highest rating, level 4, if the weather continues to have a negative effect on stream flows and water supply.
If drought conditions reach level 4, provincial water managers may temporarily suspend short-term water permits or industrial water licences.