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Water Wise Decisions

Our region is in a dire water shortage crisis. 

The crisis is due to the ripple effects of the longest and hottest El Niño on record which has effected our region since 2015. 

Today our regional water storage dams are less than 1/4 of usable water, at the start of our long and dry summer season! This has called for region wide water restrictions to be put in place to prohibit the use of potable water for anything other than basic sanitation.

For this reason, Yachtport has proactively decided to install a new rainwater collection system at our premises. 

The two water tanks will be able to hold up to 20,000 Liters of rainwater for the use of boat works and boat washing on site. With this method the essential boat services can continue but without jeopardizing our own community. 

We encourage you to be water wise. 

El Niño?

An El Niño means The Little Boy, or Christ Child in Spanish. El Niño was originally recognized by fishermen off the coast of South America in the 1600s, with the appearance of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. The name was chosen based on the time of year (around December) during which these warm waters events tended to occur.

The term El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific.

Typical El Niño effects are likely to develop over North America during the upcoming winter season. The presence of El Niño can significantly influence weather patterns, ocean conditions, and marine fisheries across large portions of the globe for an extended period of time.

The opposite of El Niño is La Niña. 

La Niña means The Little Girl in Spanish. La Niña is also sometimes called El Viejoanti-El Niño, or simply "a cold event."

La Niña episodes represent periods of below-average sea surface temperatures across the east-central Equatorial Pacific. Global climate La Niña impacts tend to be opposite those of El Niño impacts. In the tropics, ocean temperature variations in La Niña also tend to be opposite those of El Niño.

During a La Niña year, winter temperatures are warmer than normal in the Southeast and cooler than normal in the Northwest. - Words by NOAA

 

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