Snow pack shows increase

Wet weather in February added to the snow pack levels at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake.

Wet weather in February added to the snow pack levels at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake, according to the latest measurements by the municipal water department.

At the beginning of March, measurements taken at Summerland Reservoir showed a snow level of  950 millimetres, or the equivalent of 230 millimetres of water.

This is 112 per cent of the historic average, measured over 54 years.

A month earlier, the snow pack at the reservoir was 72 per cent of the historical average.

At Isintok Lake, the snow pack measured 760 millimetre, or the equivalent of 133 millimetres of water.

This is 87 per cent of the historic average, measured over 48 years.

At the beginning of February, Isintok Lake’s snow pack was just 65 per cent of the historical average.

“Both of these are up quite a bit since the readings last month,” said Shawn Hughes, water distribution chief operator for the municipality. “We are pretty close to normal now.”

Water from the snow pack fills the reservoir system, which provides Summerland with its domestic and irrigation water supply.


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