November 16, 2012 - The Mississippi Valley Low Water Response Team (MVLWRT) has determined that conditions across the watershed warrant moving from the current Level II Low Water Conditions declaration (originally declared July 17, 2012) to a Level I condition.
As a result of the rainfall the watershed has received since early September, flows in the watershed creeks and rivers have finally begun to increase however, they are still well below average for this time of year.
Under a Level I Low Water Condition, watershed residents, businesses and industries throughout the Mississippi Valley are asked to reduce their water use by 10%, including those who hold a Permit to Take Water issued by the Ministry of the Environment. Water consumption typically decreases as we enter into the fall and winter months, however, the LWRT encourages residents to continue to limit non-essential water use until natural water supplies have recovered. Updates will be issued as conditions change.
Residents should be aware of any municipal water use related bylaws and bans in effect at this time. The urban/suburban City of Ottawa water is supplied by the Ottawa River as such its residents are not affected by this continued Level I Low Water Condition declaration. The MVLWRT will continue to monitor conditions and report new information as it becomes available. To learn more about Ontario’s Low Water Response program visit: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Water/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_164583.html.
Any individuals or businesses in the Mississippi River Watershed who may be experiencing unusual problems or hardships due to low water are encouraged to contact MVC by calling 613-259-2421 ext. 233 or 243. Find tips on conserving water and daily water levels and flows on the MVC website at www.mvc.on.ca. Contact: Gord Mountenay, C.E.T. Water Management Supervisor 613-259-2421 ext. 233