Victoria, BC– Following months of unseasonably dry weather, the winter precipitation arrived in the form of rain and snow in late February, bringing an end to the recent winter drought conditions in the Greater Victoria area. As a result, there are no longer concerns regarding the level of Sooke Lake Reservoir and the impact on water supply for the Greater Victoria area.
"The Sooke Lake Reservoir reached full storage capacity today, much later than in typical years," said Ted Robbins, General Manager of Integrated Water Services from the Capital Regional District. “Normally, the reservoir reaches full capacity near the end of the calendar year.” With October, November and December 2013 being the driest on record, and the Sooke Lake Reservoir level at only 75% of full storage capacity in mid-January, there were concerns at that time about water supply for 2015.
Now however, as long as normal precipitation levels continue through the Spring, inflow will be able to keep up with water demand, allowing a full reservoir heading into the peak demand season starting in May. At this point, there will be no further consideration of implementing a water use restriction level higher than Stage One this year under the CRD Water Conservation Bylaw, which goes into effect May 1 annually. A full reservoir also allows the normal water releases from Sooke Lake Reservoir, Deception Reservoir and Goldstream Reservoir for fisheries benefits to occur as planned.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Ted Robbins, General Manager
CRD Integrated Water Services