Snowpack above normal levels

Summerland will have no problems filling the reservoirs this spring as the snowpack levels are above normal.

Summerland will have no problems filling the reservoirs this spring as the snowpack levels recorded at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake are above normal.

The latest readings, taken on March 1, show a snow depth of 948 millimetres at Summerland Reservoir and 711 mm at Isintok Lake.

The water equivalent at Summerland Reservoir is 234 mm or 113 per cent of the historical average water equivalent.

At Isintok Lake, the water equivalent is 171 mm or 111 per cent of the historical average.

Scott Lee, water operations manager for the municipality, said the figures show an improvement from the Feb. 1 readings, when both sites were at 88 per cent of normal levels.

“We’ve gained quite a bit in the past three weeks,” he said.

By March 1, around 80 per cent of the annual peak snowpack has accumulated.

Last year, the snow pack was lower than normal, but the melt happened gradually and as a result, there were no water shortage problems.

“We could have had some serious water issues last year if the melt had happened all at once,” he said. While the snowpack is higher than normal, Lee does not anticipate flooding this year. However, municipal crews will continue to monitor the snowpack.  A delay in melting and an above average snowpack can present challenges in managing the reservoirs, he said.