NATION VALLEY — South Nation Conservation (SNC) has issued a Level I low water condition for its entire watershed in Eastern Ontario, including the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet and Nation Municipality.
The measure was imposed Aug. 29 and follows three months in which precipitation was “at least 20 percent below normal,” says the local watershed authority.
Dryer conditions have prevailed despite this year’s cool and wet spring and “recent isolated rainstorms” this summer, it says.
While in Level I status, SNC asks residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 10 percent to help mitigate the impacts of low water conditions. Water consumption can be reduced by limiting non-essential uses such as lawn watering and car washing.
Of the three low-water levels, a Level I indicates the potential of a water supply problem should current precipitation and stream flow trends persist. A Level II condition indicates minor supply issues may be apparent and conservation and non-essential restriction is adopted, and a Level III condition indicates the failure of the water supply to meet demand.
SNC works with its 16 member municipalities to continuously monitor stream flow, precipitation and water supply through the provincially-mandated Low Water Response program.
To better understand local conditions; landowners, businesses, and industries are encouraged to contact SNC if they are experiencing any unusual water-related problems.