Level 1 Low Water Condition declared June 18, 2020

10% Water Conservation urged as Otonabee Conservation declares Level 1 Low Water Condition

Peterborough ON (June 18, 2020) Otonabee Conservation is issuing a Level 1 low water condition declaration for the entire watershed area, due to persistent dry conditions throughout the Otonabee Region watershed.

Otonabee Conservation analyzes the condition of the watershed on a monthly basis; low water status is determined based on the available data including temperature, precipitation, and stream flow. A level 1 condition is being declared at this time as precipitation receipts for the preceding 3-month period is below 80% of the normal total for the 3-month period ending May 31st. Precipitation in June (to date) is also trending below normal. 

“The spring freshet arrived early (March vs. April), which combined with the subsequent below normal precipitation receipts in May and has led to a late Spring Level 1 Drought Condition,” explains Gordon Earle, Water Resources Technologist at Otonabee Conservation.

Under the Ontario Low Water Response Program, when a Level 1 low water condition occurs, all water users are asked to voluntarily reduce their water consumption by 10 percent. This includes municipalities, aggregate operations, golf courses, water bottlers, farm irrigation, and private users.

To reduce water use by 10%, Otonabee Conservation offers the following water conservation tips:

  • Run dishwasher and laundry during off-peak use times (between 7pm and 7am)
  • Water gardens wisely or use stored rainwater from a rain barrel
  • Adhere to municipal watering restrictions that may apply
  • Do not wash driveways or wash automobiles in driveways – use a broom / visit a carwash

The Otonabee Region Water Response Team, with representatives from local municipalities, water management agencies, the community, provincial and federal agencies, and Otonabee Conservation, will meet in the coming days to review the current situation. The Level 1 Low Water Condition, urging water conservation of 10%, will remain in effect until further notice.

More information on the Low Water Response Program is available on the Otonabee Conservation website at www.otonabeeconservation.com.

For more information contact:                
Dan Marinigh | CAO \ Secretary-Treasurer
Otonabee Conservation
dmarinigh@otonabeeconservation.com | 705-745-3238 x222