St. Thomas - October 13, 2016 - Residents in the watershed of the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
are being asked to voluntarily reduce their non-essential water use by 20 per cent
due to the ongoing and persistent dry conditions throughout the watershed.
As of October 13, the Kettle Conservation Authority's Low Water Response Team has
declared a Level 2 Low Water Condition for the KCCA watershed. KCCA has not been
in a Level 2 Low Water Condition since August 2012. A Level 1 Low Water Condition
has been in effect since July, however a very dry September has resulted in worsening
“Typically as the Fall approaches we should expect to see an increase in precipitation
as seasonal thunderstorms and wetter weather pass through the area. However, this
year we have not received enough to improve streamflow,” says Jennifer Dow, water
conservation supervisor. “This summer was unusually dry and has resulted in extremely
dry creeks throughout the watershed. We will continue to monitor the conditions
and keep the public informed of any changes in the watershed.”
Based on criteria set out by the provincial government in its Low Water Response
Plan, the result is a Level 2 Low Water Condition for the entire Kettle Creek watershed.
A Level 2 Low Water Condition is declared when precipitation falls below the 60%
of the long term average and streamflow falls below 50% of the lowest average summer
Residents are reminded to follow any water restriction by-laws in their municipality
(such as watering on alternate days). Non-essential water use refers to: watering
lawns, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, filling pools, and washing vehicles.
For more information please visit us at www.kettlecreekconservation.on.ca or connect
with us socially @KettleCreekCA or firstname.lastname@example.org.