To: Watershed News Media
Date: May 3, 2012
Kingston – A Level 1 Low Water Condition has been declared by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) for the Cataraqui Region extending from Napanee to Brockville and north to Crosby, covering 3,500 square km.
“We’ve seen about 80 per cent less than the normal amount of rainfall for this time of year and stream flows are at approximately 20 per cent of average flows for April,” explains CRCA Water Resources Engineer, Sean Watt. “That, coupled with a warmer winter with minimal snow cover, makes for dryer conditions.” Despite recent rain and wet soils, the upcoming warmer temperatures this spring and summer will also contribute to the dry conditions.
A Level 1 low water condition is the first of three levels and reflects concern. Level 2 suggests a potentially serious problem. Level 3 indicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand.
Low water conditions are determined by the Cataraqui Region Water Response Team convened by the CRCA. Membership includes water managers, major water users, public health, agriculture, school boards, marina operators, golf courses, government agencies, dam operators and others.
The team is asking residents and businesses of the region to reduce water usage by 10 per cent until the supply is replenished. This includes the outside watering of plants and lawns, and washing driveways and sidewalks.
For more information call:
Sean Watt, Water Resources Engineer (613) 546-4228 ext. 241
Toll-free 1-877-956-CRCA (2722) ext. 241
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