Drought still on — but conditions easing

Water flowing over the Crysler Dam on Nov. 5 2016 Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

FINCH — Despite a rainy October, South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) jurisdiction remains in drought conditions — but those conditions are easing.
The drought in the western part of SNC’s jurisdiction, including Bearbrook, Castor and Upper South Nation River (Spencerville), has dropped from Severe (Level 3) to Moderate (Level 2). The remainder of SNC’s jurisdiction has retreated to a Minor (Level 1) drought, SNC announced today.

Since issuing a Severe Drought Condition at the end of August, SNC’s Water Response Team has been closely monitoring precipitation and streamflow within the watershed. Thanks to recent rainfall events, streamflows have improved but are still recovering from the dry summer months.

Level 1 status indicates a potential water supply problem should current trends persist. Level 2 coincides with minor supply issues and encourages conservation and non-essential restrictions. Level 3 condition indicates the failure of the local water supply to meet demand.

SNC is still asking residents, businesses and other industries throughout the watershed to continue cutting water consumption by 10 to 20 percent to help mitigate the impact of low water conditions. It suggests limiting non-essential water use to hit that target.

SNC’s Water Response Team, created under the Ontario Low Water Response program, consists of representatives from provincial and municipal governments, agriculture and other special interest groups. The group will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will provide updates as required.

SNC wants to know about your water-related problems or dry wells. Report them to 1-877-984-2948 or waterwatch@nation.on.ca. Also send photos to the local watershed authority on Facebook (/SouthNationConservation), or Tweet @SouthNationCA.

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