The announcement was made on Friday, Aug. 19th. A Level 2, Low Water condition, has been declared for the City of Kawartha Lakes, Township of Brock, Municipality of Clarington, Municipality of Trent Lakes, and the Township of Cavan- Monaghan.
Due to more severe drought conditions, a Low Water Condition, Level 3, has been declared for the
portions of the Township of Scugog falling within Kawartha Conservation’s watershed. Kawartha
Conservation is asking residents of Scugog to reduce all non essential water uses and residents of the areas under a level 2 to cut back on water use by about 20 percent.
According to Kawartha Conservation, the water levels, currently seen on Lake Scugog, are the lowest in the last 25 years, for this time of year. In addition, the weather monitoring station in Blackstock, reported only 35 percent of the average precipitation over the May to July period. Dry residential wells have also been reported in the Township.
“This year’s drought is one of the most severe events observed over the past 25 to 30 years,” said Dave Pridham, Chair of the water response team. “Drought conditions are causing many severe impacts on businesses, the environment and our local communities. Low water levels, in local rivers and streams, are accompanied by deteriorated water quality, which puts stress on aquatic ecosystems.”
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. To learn more, go to www.kawarthaconservation.com.