October 17, 2012--Mississippi Valley Conservation (MVC) is continuing its Level II Low Water Conditions declaration (originally declared July 17, 2012) for the Mississippi River watershed.
Despite the significant rainfall the watershed received in September, there remains a water deficit in the region. Streamflows are still well below average for this time of year, especially on the major tributaries of the Mississippi River. However, the Carp River watershed has responded to the rainfall and is no longer in a low water situation.
Under a Level II Low Water Condition, watershed residents, businesses and industries throughout the Mississippi Valley are asked to reduce their water use by 20%, 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, MVC 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 II 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.
Gord Mountenay, C.E.T.
Water Management Supervisor
613-259-2421 ext. 233