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Water levels are so low – any rain will be a drop in the bucket

Unseasonably hot weather and little rain means that local water levels are lower than normal and the public should start taking measures to conserve water.
“Right now the Bay of Quinte is about 30 centimetres lower than the long term average,” says Terry Murphy, Quinte Conservation General Manager. “The Moira River is usually flowing at 50 cubic meters per second this time of year and is only at 6.5 cms.  All area rivers are low and many northern lakes are lower than normal.”
“We want people to take steps now to conserve their water use.  Any rain we get over the next few days will be a drop in the bucket.  Everyone should be conserving water.  We don’t want to see wells going dry.”
Everyone can help to conserve water.  Small water conservation efforts can result in significant water savings.  Repair a leaky faucet to conserve up to 10,000 litres of water per year. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge, rather than let the water run until its cold. Do not water your lawn. Install water saving faucets and shower heads and help save energy, too.  More water conservation tips and information can be found on the Quinte Conservation website at www.quinteconservation.ca or at the office at Highway 2 and Wallbridge-Loyalist Road in Belleville.
Quinte Conservation is a community based environmental protection agency that serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.  It provides cost effective environmental expertise and leadership that develops and delivers programs to ensure the healthy coexistence between the community, the environment and its economy.  For more information visit the website at www.quinteconservation.ca.

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