NORTH DURHAM: Kawartha Conservation and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) are both asking businesses and residents in North Durham and the Kawartha Lakes to cut down on water use.
Both conservation authorities have recently declared a Level 1 low water condition. According to a press release, a Level 1 condition is declared “when a watershed receives only 80 per cent or less of the normal amount of precipitation over a 3 month period” and is the “first indication of potential water supply problems.”
Kawartha Conservation is asking homeowners in the Kawartha Lakes and Scugog to cut down on their water use by about 10 per cent.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation is asking everyone in their watershed to follow municipal water use bylaws. “Low rainfall since mid-April has contributed to drought conditions, which can put stress on municipal water supplies,” said Tom Hogenbirk, Manager of Engineering at LSRCA, in a press release.
According to Kawartha Conservation, precipitation statistics, collected by Ken Reid Conservation Area, show that rainfall in April, May and June is 50 per cent the historical average. The Blackstock gauge station has recorded only 34 per cent of the historical average, in the area, in those months.
Rivers, streams and lakes in the watershed area have all been affected by lack of rain. Hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko, from Kawartha Conservation, told The Standard that water levels in Lake Scugog have gone down 25 cm since Sunday, May 1. She also added that July has been better than the previous summer months for precipitation, but it “has not been enough to combat the decline.”
If a Level 2 condition is declared, residents will be asked to cut down on their water use by 20 per cent.
Kawartha Conservation’s watershed consists of areas of Scugog, Kawartha Lakes, Brock, the municipality of Trent lakes, Cavan-Monaghan and Clarington.
Lake Simcoe Conservation’s watershed sweeps across 20 municipalities, including Uxbridge, Brock, Scugog, Kawartha Lakes, Orillia and Barrie.
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