Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority is urging businesses and residents to reduce their water consumption as dry weather conditions continue.
Ken Cheney, Director of Engineering at LSRCA says, “Low rainfall through the Spring has contributed to early drought conditions, which can put stress on municipal water supplies and can result in lower water levels in streams and rivers. With precipitation below normal levels over the past three months, and no significant rainfall in the long-term forecast, we’re encouraging all water users to conserve."
That includes businesses, aggregate operations, golf courses, water bottlers, farms and residents.
”According to the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Low Water Response Program, current conditions in the watershed meet the “first level of low water conditions” and this level tells us that there is a potential water supply problem that we are dealing with.
"At this point, the solution to this issue is to conserve water."
For residents and businesses alike, the easiest and most effective action to take right now is to follow municipal outdoor water use bylaws. These limit water use to specific days as well as times of the day.
For more water conservation information, visit your municipality’s website, or find availablere sources on the following Province of Ontario Ministry website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/drought