Drought conditions mean residents in Abbotsford and Mission should be conserving water as much as possible. Here, a city worker clears dead leaves from a walkway in front of the Abbotsford court house. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Drought conditions mean residents in Abbotsford and Mission should be conserving water as much as possible. Here, a city worker clears dead leaves from a walkway in front of the Abbotsford court house. (Jessica Peters/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford and Mission residents asked to reduce water usage as drought continues

Norrish Creek watershed is the driest it’s been in recorded history, says city

Abbotsford and Mission residents are being urged to conserve water amid drought conditions and a dry forecast.

Record-high September temperatures and extended dry weather have led to provincial level 5 drought conditions in the region. And with little rain in the forecast, the Abbotsford Mission Water and Sewer Commission (AMWSC) is encouraging all residents to do their part to conserve water.

Abbotsford and Mission’s current water usage is 15-20 per cent higher than normal for October, the city of Abbotsford said in a press release Monday. Given the recent dry weather, the available water supply is lower than typical for this time of year. The watersheds rely on the fall rain for replenishment and due to the lack of precipitation they are stressed, with the Norrish Creek watershed being the driest in recorded history.

“As a city, we can do without a lot of things but water is not one of them,” said Henry Braun, Abbotsford mayor. “We are asking all residents to do their part and cut back on some of their water use to get us all through this prolonged drought.”

The AMWSC is encouraging residents to follow simple water conservation tips such as letting their lawns go dormant, taking shorter showers, and turning off the tap while brushing teeth or washing dishes, in order to preserve the remaining water supply for essential uses like drinking, cooking and cleaning.

“This prolonged drought is resulting in higher than average water consumption resulting in ongoing decline in levels of our drinking water reservoirs,” Paul Horn, Mission mayor. “Conserving water now will ensure supplies are adequate until the rains arrive and recharge the reservoirs. Please incorporate the suggested conservation actions into your daily routines for the coming weeks.”

While water restrictions haven’t been reinstated, the AMWSC is continually monitoring water supplies to determine if restrictions will once again be necessary.

For more information and updates visit www.ourwatermatters.ca.

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