Rainfall continues to be in short supply across the Otonabee Region watershed. As a result, the Otonabee Region Water Response Team confirms that Level 2 Low Water Conditions are being experienced throughout the watershed region.
As such, they are advising people to reduce their water usage by 20 percent if possible.
Analysis of the data by ORCA—including air temperature, precipitation, and stream flow for the first 6 months of 2016—indicate that every month with the exception of March experienced below normal precipitation receipts.
“Without rainfall, streams and groundwater supplies are not being naturally replenished. It’s up to all of us to do what we can to conserve water, using it wisely as we go about our daily activities,” says Gordon Erale, Water Resources Technologist with Otonabee Conservation.
Under a Level 2 Low Water Condition, residents, businesses, industries and municipalities are encouraged to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent.
Otonabee Conservation encourages everyone to apply water conservation measures in their daily routine. Non-essential water uses should be suspended until natural water supplies recover. Those who hold a Permit to Take Water from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change are asked to reduce their water taking by 20 percent as well.
Otonabee Conservation will continue to monitor watershed conditions over the next several weeks. The Level 2 Low Water Condition, urging water conservation of 20 percent, will remain in effect until further notice.
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