Water Board to monitor vulnerable Okanagan groundwater

February 3, 2012

Kelowna, B.C. – Local residents, along with federal, provincial and local dignitaries, were on hand today as the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) broke ground on an important project to monitor the health of groundwater supplies in Joe Rich.

The project is part of the OBWB’s Groundwater Monitoring Project, drilling wells in a number of Okanagan aquifers that have been identified as vulnerable and in need of monitoring due to limited water supply and increasing demand.

The wells are being drilled in partnership with B.C. Ministry of Environment, B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Environment Canada and various Okanagan local governments.

The Joe Rich well is being drilled in partnership with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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