Drought is a recurrent feature of climate involving a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period of time, resulting in a water shortage. In British Columbia, drought may be caused by combinations of insufficient snow accumulation, hot and dry weather or a delay in rainfall.
Hydrological drought is associated with the effect of low precipitation on water levels in rivers, reservoirs, lakes and aquifers. Hydrological drought affects uses which depend on ground and surface water levels and stream flows.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is water managed during a drought?
The Province manages drought by following the Drought Response Plan. Learn about what the provincial and local government roles and responsibilities are and the actions they take during a drought.
What are the effects of drought?
Drought can have many impacts on local communities and the economy. Find out more about what the drought can affect in B.C.
What You Can Do
Water conservation is everyone's responsibility, especially during drought. Learn more about why it is important to conserve water and the cost savings that go along with using less water.
Drought Level Classification
In B.C. we use a four level Drought Classification to explain the severity and appropriate level of response to drought conditions.