Snow levels continue to rise

The snowy weather over the past month has increased the snow pack levels at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake.

The snowy weather over the past month has increased the snow pack levels at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake.

The most recent figures, taken on Friday, showed the snow pack at Summerland Reservoir is at 125 per cent of the historic average, while at Isintok Lake, the snow pack is at 97 per cent of the historic average.

This is an improvement from two months ago, when the snow pack levels were below average at both sites.

At the beginning of February, the snow pack at Summerland Reservoir was at 72 per cent of the historic average, while at Isintok Lake, it was at 65 per cent of the historic average.

“We’re certainly in a lot better shape now,” said Shawn Hughes, water distribution chief operator for the municipality.

He said heavy snowfall in the B.C. Interior added to the snow pack levels.

In March, heavy snows resulted in avalanche warnings and road closures in parts of the Interior.

The snow pack levels at this time of year are a significant indication of the water supply which will be available during the summer months.

The melting snow fills the reservoirs and provides domestic and irrigation water for the year.

“Certainly all the reservoirs will easily fill,” Hughes said.

Summer temperatures and rainfall will determine the demand for water in the community.