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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.

Current Weather

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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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