Level I low water condition declared in South Nation River watershed

The South Nation River in Chesterville, on Canada Day, 2020. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

NATION VALLEY — The local watershed authority is asking residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 10 percent to help offset low water conditions.

South Nation Conservation kicked off this week by declaring the Level I low water condition, which includes that request.

Area farmers have been looking to the skies for weeks, and SNC notes that precipitation has been at least 80 percent below normal over the last three months.

Data was also collected from stream gauges to determine the current low-water condition, which follows the drier than usual spring and persistent hot temperatures.

SNC advises that water consumption can be reduced by limiting non-essential uses such as watering lawns or washing vehicles.

Of the three Levels of low water conditions, a Level I indicates the potential of a water supply problem should current precipitation and stream flow trends persist. A declared Level II condition indicates minor water supply issues, while a Level III means failure of supply to meet demand.

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