Levels in the Coldwater and Nicola watersheds lower than ever before.
That's the word from Provincial Drought Response coordinator Valerie Cameron, after the decision has been made again to keep the Drought Level at 4 for both watersheds, despite November fast approaching.
"The situation still hasn't improved. Irrigation season has been over for a couple weeks, nobody is taking water from the streams, and yet they are still tracking as low as they have ever tracked. We just haven't had the precipitation, and it is as dry as it has ever been."
Cameron says the drought is a direct result of what was the driest summer on record in the Merritt-area.
To protect fish populations still in the systems, the province continues to ask for maximum voluntary reduction of withdrawals from both the Coldwater and Nicola watersheds.