Despite only receiving half of our normal rainfall, the Water Security Agency (WSA) says there is enough water in Saskatchewan’s water bodies to meet our domestic, irrigation, municipal, and industrial needs.
In a release on Wednesday morning, the WSA said reservoirs were full following the spring melt. However, it also says that lake levels continue to decline throughout the province due to the lack of precipitation.
Lake Diefenbaker is not expected to rise from its current level. On Wednesday, it was reported to have a median level of about 556 metres. Inflow to the lake is well below normal due to a low snow pack and low rains in the mountains.
Flow on the South Saskatchewan River is below normal, lake levels in the Qu’Appelle are dropping, and the WSA is going to begin to operate control structures to try and keep lake levels up.
Last Mountain Lake, meanwhile, is expected to remain above its target range through the summer.
This shows how low the water level has become on Lake Diefenbaker! Last year, the water was up to the dark rocks! pic.twitter.com/QdSKaRstRH
— Saskatchewan Weather (@WeatherSask) July 5, 2015