Water Definitions and Terminology

Glossary of Drinking Water Terms
Dictionary of Drinking Water Terms
Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management GIS Glossary

Other Local Water Utilities

Black Mountain Irrigation
Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District
Southeast Kelowna Irrigation District
Rutland Waterworks District
Kelowna Joint Water Committee
City of Kelowna
Regional District of Central Okanagan
Greater Vernon Water
District of West Kelowna

Service utilities in BMID Service Area

Shaw Cable
Telus Telephone company
BC One Call - One call service for utility locates

Water Supply Organizations

BC Water & Waste Association
OBWB - Okanagan Water Wise
Water Supply Association of BC
Environmental Operators Certification Program
Canadian Water & Wastewater Assoc.
American Waterworks Association
USEPA, Water and Groundwater homepage
Irrigation Association
Irrigation Industry Assoc. of B.C.
Water Environment Federation
American Public Works Association
Groundwater Protection Council
Water Quality Organization
National Groundwater Association
CivicInfo BC
Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Dev - Local Govt Dept

Regulations and Guidelines

Drinking Water Protection Act
Drinking Water Protection Regulation
Summary of Guideline for Canadian Drinking Water Quality
Technical support documents for Water quality
Interior Health Authority - Drinking Water
Government Publications/Regulations listings

Water Resource Information Links

Environment Canada, Expanding the Dialogue on Climate Change
Ministry of Environment, Water Stewardship Division
Drought Information - Ministry of Agriculture
Environment Canada homepage
Weather Office in Kelowna
Weather in Kelowna, the weather network
Integrated Land Management Bureau
Stream Flow data - real time online
Bathymetric Standards for Lake Inventories
Ministry of Environment
World Lakes Database
Fun & Interesting Water Facts
Make Water Work!

What is in the Water and What does it Mean

Chlorine Chemistry Council
Health Canada - Guide to Well Water Treatment and Maintenance
Health Canada - Water Quality
Health Canada - Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality
Health Canada - Drinking Water Chlorination
Irrigation Water Use and Planning - Province of BC
Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management
Ministry of Health - Public Health Protection: Drinking Water Program
Provincial Emergency Program
Statutes of British Columbia - Health Act
Water Conservation - Environment Canada
Water Saver Home
Water Saver Landscaping


Current weather patterns have created a complex series of events that will result in an extended flood season. A combination of rain and spring snow melt over the next few days will lead to rising water levels, and will increase the risk of flooding. Creeks and lakes are at full pool and any wind or weather events will create ongoing impacts for the coming weeks.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Center, BMID Staff  and emergency personnel are working around the clock, planning for the worst while hoping for the best, and citizens should do the same.

With rising water levels, the possibility of widespread evacuations in the region is possible. Residents would only be ordered to evacuate if there is a threat of imminent danger. Not every sign of water inside your house is cause for an evacuation.

An evacuation alert means that residents may be asked to leave their homes with little advance notice for at least 72 hours. Residents should prepare by organizing an emergency supply kit with necessary medications, personal toiletries, change of clothing and personal and family documents.

All previous evacuation orders and alerts remain in effect. For up-to-date information about evacuation alerts and orders, visit, which is searchable by address.

For up to date information on the situation including a map and to sign up for e-updates, visit Information will also be provided via the and or by phone at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 (toll-free).

BMID customers are NOT currently effected by any Water Quality Advisories. Any updates will be posted on the BMID website.