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.
Analysis of the data, including air temperature, precipitation, and stream flow for the first 6 months of 2016, indicate that every month, except 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 Earle, 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%.
Otonabee Conservation encourages everyone 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% as well.
The Otonabee Region watershed encompasses the drainage areas of the Otonabee, Indian and Ouse Rivers within the municipalities of Asphodel-Norwood, Cavan Monaghan, Douro-Dummer, Otonabee South Monaghan, Selwyn, City of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes and Trent Hills.
The Otonabee Region Water Response Team is made up of representatives from local municipalities, water management agencies, tourism and agriculture, provincial and federal agencies and Otonabee Conservation.
Otonabee Conservation will continue to monitor watershed conditions over the next several weeks. The Level 2 Low Water Condition, urging water conservation of 20%, will remain in effect until further notice.
For more information please visit the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority website.