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  • January 13, 2017 – The freeze thaw cycle that has characterized much of early winter across the Kawartha Conservation watershed, bringing both rain and snow to the region, has helped to improve lake levels and water flows.

    On Thursday, January 12, the Kawartha Water Response Team reduced the Level II low water condition declaration for the majority of the watershed to a Level I low water condition.

    In the Township of Scugog, where drought conditions during much of 2016 resulted in the most severe Level III low water declaration, mixed precipitation during December and the early parts of January have improved water levels and water flows significantly, resulting in the move to a Level I low water condition.  

    “Recorded three month precipitation from October to December ranged from 66 percent in the north to 86 percent at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” explained Kawartha Conservation Hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko. “However, actual December precipitation ranged from 110 percent of average December values in the north to 149 percent of December averages at Ken Reid Conservation Area.

    “Our flow indicators for December also show that all of the watershed’s monitoring locations reported flows that are significantly higher than the long-term minimum monthly summer flow,” added Ms. Shulyarenko.

    In December, the Pigeon River monitoring station showed flows at 113 percent of the Minimum monthly summer flow, while the Blackstock Creek monitoring station reported flows at 335 percent and Nonquon River, near Port Perry showed flows at 550 percent of the minimum monthly summer flow.

    While the increased precipitation is good news for residents and businesses across the Kawartha Conservation watershed, ground water supplies are not likely to be significantly impacted until spring when air temperature returns to the stable above freezing mark.

    “Those individuals with very, very shallow wells may notice some improvement, but we are not anticipating much improvement in the ground water supply until spring as the infiltration from melting snow becomes steady,” said Ms. Shulyarenko. “We are continuing to ask residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption. Water is a shared resource and every little bit of water conservation will help make a difference for you and your neighbour.”

    In response to the impact of the low water conditions on ground water supplies during 2016, Kawartha Conservation, in conjunction with the City of Kawartha Lakes, Farm & Food Care and the Ontario Ministry Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs are hosting a one-day Agricultural drought resilience workshop in Fenelon Falls on Tuesday, January 31.

    “We’ve heard from members of our agricultural community about the challenges they have experienced over the last year,” said Ms. Shipclark. “This aim of this workshop is to provide valuable information from a variety of sources to area farmers and landowners. We have put together an agenda that will help address a lot of the questions and provide important and useful information for our agricultural community.”

    The cost for the event is $20 and includes lunch. Interested persons must register Online in advance at www.KawarthaConservation.com/agwater or by contacting Kelly Maloney at the City of Kawartha Lakes, 705-324-9411 Ext. 1208.

    Written on Friday, 13 January 2017 09:37
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Low water messages and what they mean

There are three levels of Low Water Conditions:

  • Level I – First indication of potential water supply problems, primarily a warning level – key focus is conservation of water
  • Level II – Indicates a potentially serious problem – conservation of water is extended to restrictions on non-essential uses
  • Level III – Indicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand – Key focus is on regulation & enforcement

Water Conservation Tips

  • Fix leaking fixtures. A tap leaking can waste over 10,000 litres per year!
  • Reduce your shower time – five minutes is plenty of time to get clean.
  • Practice water-efficient lawn care. To reduce evaporation loss, water your lawn very early in the morning.
  • Use a rain gauge to tell you when your lawn has received enough water, approximately an inch (2.5 cm) a week, depending on your soil type.
  • Plant native flower gardens. They are well suited to the climate and require little or no watering.
  • Keep a jug of cold water in the fridge. This way you avoid leaving the tap running until the water gets cold.
  • When waiting for tap water to get hot or cold, collect the water in a watering can for your plants.
  • Using a dishwasher can be more efficient than washing dishes by hand, as long as you wait until you have a full load.
  • Wash vegetables in a basin or partly filled sink – not under running water.
  • When hand washing dishes in a two sink basin, fill one with soapy water and the other with rinse water. It saves running the tap for each dish.
  • Wash your car less frequently- especially during hot dry weather. This will also keep pollutants out of storm drains, which empty into our lakes and rivers.

About the Program

In partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, we assist in the coordination and support of local response in the event of a drought. We monitor local water level and precipitation closely and work with local water users to reduce demand and mitigate effects of water shortages, encouraging voluntary water conservation measures.

Consisting of representatives from the Province, Municipalities, Conservation Authorities, local water users, and interest groups, a Water Response Team is coordinated by Kawartha Conservation in our watershed jurisdiction. We are involved with a coordinated response team for the Durham Region as well.

See more about the Low Water Response Program.

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Drought Map

A new interactive drought map for the Kawartha Conservation watershed will allow residents and businesses to report areas that are experiencing well issues across the region. The new tool is part of the Kawartha Water Response Team’s ongoing efforts to educate and inform watershed residents and businesses about low water conditions.

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