Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Watershed Conditions Statement:

Level II Low Water Conditions Continued

(LWWCS #7 – 2012)
July 26, 2012 – The Level II Low Water Condition declared for the Rideau Watershed on July 13 remains in effect.

At its meeting this morning, the Rideau Valley Water Response Team reviewed conditions and elected to continue with the Level II status. We are asking that any individuals or businesses in the Rideau Watershed that may be experiencing unusual problems or hardships to contact the Conservation Authority by calling 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504, ext. 1128 or 1132 so that we can track the impacts of the Low Water Conditions.

The storm on July 23 caused considerable damage in the area but did little to reduce the moisture deficit only slowing temporarily the decline in water levels throughout the watershed. With no more than showers forecast for the next week, the rate of decline can be expected to increase again.

Area residents are still asked to reduce their water use by 20%. The RVCA encourages everybody to always use water wisely and apply water conservation measures. At this time non-essential water uses should be suspended until natural water supplies have recovered. Those who hold a Permit To Take Water from the Ministry of Environment are also asked to reduce their taking by 20%.

Parks Canada staff have not yet had to impose any restrictions on navigation but are watching conditions closely and are carefully balancing outflows from the reservoirs. Boaters need to be cautious on lakes without control structures as levels fall.

Residents throughout the watershed should make themselves aware of any bans or bylaws in place in their municipalities regarding fires or water use. Note that the Rideau Watershed Low Water Condition does not apply to residents of urban and suburban Ottawa supplied by the City’s central drinking water system which draws water from the Ottawa River.

Conservation Authority staff continue to monitor conditions and communicate with water managers throughout the watershed. Updates to this message will be issued as conditions warrant.

To learn more about Ontario’s Low Water Response program visit: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Water /2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_164583.html. Also, visit the RVCA website for local conditions.


More Information:
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
contact: Patrick Larson, Senior Water Resources Technician
613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1110

“Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is a partnership of municipalities within the Rideau Valley watershed created under the Conservation Authorities Act to deliver a range of programs in watershed management and natural resource conservation.”


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