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County remains in level 2 low water condition

After a very dry June and July, the Quinte region saw an increase in precipitation throughout August but Prince Edward County remains in a level 2 low water condition.

“Groundwater and surface water conditions are still low for this time of year but are starting to improve,” said Dave Eastcott, Water Resources Technician with Quinte Conservation. “This region’s Low Water Response Team have downgraded the Low Water Condition for the Moira and Napanee River Watersheds to a Level 1.”

“Water supplies drawn from groundwater systems, inland lakes and streams may still be sensitive and vulnerable,” he said. “Residents who draw from these supplies may continue to experience issues with water availability and should take extra precaution with their non-essential use until groundwater levels have recharged.”

Quinte Conservation reminds residents with vulnerable water supplies, and those that take bulk water from these areas, to voluntarily reduce non-essential water use by 10 per cent (Moira and Napanee Watersheds) and 20 per cent (Prince Edward County Watershed).

Those in need of bulk potable water supply should check with their local municipality for availability and information on private water haulers.

Municipalities that source water from Lake Ontario or the Bay of Quinte have access to a more sustainable water supply. The delivery of water to residents on these systems is not impacted by current conditions. This conditions statement is not directed to residents accessing these municipal water supplies.

Quinte Conservation encourages residents experiencing low water to report their conditions using an online form at www.QuinteConservation.ca.

A Level 2 Low Water Condition indicates a potentially serious water supply problem. This level often means minor water supply issues are encountered and there is the potential for major supply problems. A Level 2 condition is managed through Conservation Authorities, municipalities and other key provincial agencies. This level indicates a potentially serious problem and conservation of water is extended to restrictions on non-essential uses and a 20 per cent reduction in water consumption is requested. Low water conditions are ranked as Level 1, 2 or 3 based on a prolonged period of low flows or precipitation. A Level 1 is the least severe and Level 3 is the most severe.

Quinte Conservation expects the message to be in effect until (or updated before) Oct. 8, 2020.

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