In the past, periods of dry weather and drought in Ontario were relatively uncommon, usually occurring once every 10- 15 years. Recent studies on changing weather patterns are indicating that low water levels may become more common as the province’s demand for water steadily increases.
A low level water condition is declared when a potential for water supply problems is identified through a lack of rain and streamflow levels. These values are set out by the Province of Ontario in it's Low Water Response Program.
How low water levels can affect you
All uses are affected by low water conditions including but not limited to the ones listed below.
- Drinking water
- Fire fighting
- Watering crops
- Domestic uses
What you can do to help
Please follow the below guidelines to assist in controlling water use during low level water conditions.
- Observe local watering restrictions applicable in your area
- Where permitted, water your gardens in the morning or evening, and not in the heat of the day
- Use a broom to clean your paved surfaces rather than water
- Install toilet dams
- Use rain barrels for needed water around the yard
- Repair leaky faucets
- Reduce non-essential water use (car washing, lawn watering)
Low water levels and water use restrictions
Low water conditions range from Level I to Level III, representing progressively more severe water supply shortages and restrictions on water use.
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