Copper Creek farmer Brian Brouwer says the only problem with his business is that there’s a drought in Northern Manitoba.
“It’s been a little bit of a crisis for us in the last year, but it’s still pretty much in our favour,” he said.
“We’re just trying to keep things afloat.”
Brouewers main concern is not the drought, he said, but that the water levels at his water tank are dropping.
“I guess if the temperature goes down to -10C we might not have enough water for our crops.”
Brought in from the far north to grow wheat and barley for dairy farmers in the area, Brouweers crops are growing well but his water levels are low.
He’s also worried about a copper mine that has been set up nearby.
“They’ve been going in and out of the water table for a long time now, and I’ve had a couple of wells that I think are about two feet deep run dry,” Brouwers said.
In August, the Manitoba Department of Energy and Mines said it had stopped operating the mine at a water level of less than 3 per cent, but Brouwiners is worried that copper mines are continuing to pour water into the area.
“If it gets too cold, they’re putting it in a hole,” he says.
“The water just keeps flowing into the hole, and they’re still going out.”