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Level 2 low water conditions for Quinte Watershed

Quinte Conservation says 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 those systems is not impacted by current conditions.

Quinte Conservation and this region’s Low Water Response Team (LWRT) have declared a Level 2 Low Water Condition for the Quinte Watershed.

“There has been a significant shift in precipitation patterns over the last three months. Since early May, below normal precipitation has persisted which has resulted in dry conditions with a noticeable decline in stream flows,” said Christine McClure, Water Resources Manager with Quinte Conservation.

“Water supplies drawn from groundwater systems, and inland lakes and streams should be considered sensitive and vulnerable. Residents who draw from these supplies may experience current and future issues with water availability and should take extra precaution with their non-essential use.”

McClure recommends residents with vulnerable water supplies, and those that take bulk water from these areas, voluntarily reduce non-essential water use by 20 per cent.
“If water supply on private systems becomes low or dry, well owners are encouraged to review the Ontario Government’s drought publication for managing wells (https://www.ontario.ca/page/managing-your-water-well-times-water-shortage). 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.

Quinte Conservation encourages residents experiencing low water to report their conditions using an online form. The form can be found on the main page of the Quinte Conservation website, along with tips for water conservation.

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.

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.

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