SNC declares Level 1 Low Water Condition following dry spring

SOUTH NATION — Despite the rain received this week, South Nation Conservation (SNC) has issued a Level I Low Water Condition for its entire watershed in Eastern Ontario due to a drier than usual spring and lack of rainfall.

According to the SNC, Low Water Conditions are determined based on precipitation and stream flow indicators. Stream flows within SNC’s watershed are below average for this time of year. However, the lack of precipitation is the leading factor in the current low water status. Records indicate that precipitation over the past three months was at least below 80% normal.

While in Level I status, SNC asks residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 10% to help mitigate the impacts of low water conditions. Water consumption can be reduced by limiting non-essential uses and with the following water conservation practices:

  • Repair all leaks around the home.
  • If you must water your lawn, early morning or late evening watering.
    reduces evaporation.
  • Use a pail of soapy water to wash your car and rinse it off quickly with a hose.
  • Collect rainwater in a rain barrel for watering plants.

To better understand local conditions; landowners, businesses, and industries are encouraged to contact SNC if they are experiencing any unusual water-related problems. For more information, please contact Katherine Watson or Sandra Mancini at 1-877-984-2948 or

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