Snow pack low at area reservoirs

The winter snow pack is well below the historic average at both Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake.

The winter snow pack is well below the historic average at both Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake, according to the latest figures from the municipal water department.

Shawn Hughes, water distribution chief operator for the municipality, said the snow pack at Summerland Reservoir is 72 per cent of the historic average for the beginning of February.

At Isintok Lake, the latest measurements show the snow pack is at 65 per cent of the historic average.

Summerland has had low snow pack levels in previous years.

At this time in 2009, Summerland Reservoir was at 77 per cent of the normal level and Isintok Lake was at 73 per cent of the historic average.

“We’ve seen it low before at this time of year,” Hughes explained.

Recent warm temperatures are a factor in the low snow pack, he added.

In spring, the water from the melting snow replenishes Summerland’s reservoirs.

Despite the low figures at this time of the year, Hughes said the reservoirs have tended to fill each spring.

The snow pack at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake is measured regularly throughout the winter and spring.