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Not enough rain to ease low water conditions

While areas in the Quinte Conservation watershed received a good amount of rain over in recent days, it hasn’t been enough to lift the area out of a Level 3 Low Water Condition.

Water Resources Manager Christine McClure reports that over the past week, Prince Edward County and the Salmon and Napanee River watersheds received about 80 millimetres of rain. The northern Moira River watershed received more than 80 millimetres of rain and the lower Moira River watershed received between 50 and 70 millimetres.

“Both streamflows and groundwater levels are improving in most areas in response to the recent rainfall,” said McClure, but she adds that it’s not enough and Quinte Conservation is continuing to ask residents and businesses to reduce their water use by 50 per cent until the water supply has been replenished.

The local environmental agency continues to monitor precipitation and stream flows and provide updates. A Level 3 Low Water Condition was declared by Quinte Conservation and the Low Water Response Team due to lack of rainfall and low flows in local rivers and streams on August 4. The local watersheds have been experiencing low water conditions since the beginning of June.

Quinte Conservation is the lead for the local Water Response Team (WRT) for all of Prince Edward County and the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers. The team includes representation from municipalities, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, First Nations, and local industry. The WRT is formed when the watershed is in a Level 1 condition. Water Response Teams monitor local conditions carefully and work with local water users to reduce demand and mitigate the effects of water shortages.

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