December 16, 2016 – The majority of the Kawartha Conservation watershed will remain in a Level II Low Water Condition at least through the balance of 2016 and into January, while a Level III Low Water Condition will remain in effect for the Township of Scugog.
“We have seen some improvement in flows in local watercourses but precipitation has continued to be extremely low in November. The groundwater levels are still low and now, when temperatures are below the freezing mark, snow accumulates on the ground and there will be very little ground water recharge until spring,” explained Kawartha Conservation Hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko.
Kawartha Conservation and the Kawartha Water Response Team partners are encouraging residents and businesses to practice water conservation during the holidays to help alleviate the burden on the already-depleted ground water supplies.
“We are hearing from a number of rural residents about wells running dry across the watershed,” said Stewardship Coordinator Holly Shipclark. “In early December we held a Water Well Workshop in Blackstock that was attended by more than 65 people. We will also be holding a one-day workshop for members of the agricultural community on January 31 in Fenelon Falls.”
The Ontario Low Water Response Program was developed by the Province to help coordinate and support local response in the event of a prolonged period of low stream flows or precipitation. There are three levels of Low Water Conditions with Level I being the least severe and Level III being the most severe.
To learn more about Ontario’s Low Water Response program or to learn how you can help reduce water residential or business water usage visits our website at www.kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/low-water.