No Change to Level II Low Water declaration - September 12, 2012
Despite the significant rainfall event that occurred on September 8th, the Level II Low Water Conditions declaration (originally declared July 17, 2012) for the Mississippi Valley watershed remains in effect. Although precipitation levels have now returned to normal, streamflows throughout the watershed are still well below average for this time of year. More rain is needed to relieve the current low water conditions.
Under a Level II Low Water Condition, watershed residents, businesses and industries throughout the Mississippi Valley are asked to continue to reduce their water use by 20%, including those who hold a Permit to Take Water issued by the Ministry of the Environment. MVC encourages continued wise use of water. Non-essential water uses should be suspended until natural water supplies have recovered.
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 and as such its residents are not affected by this Level II Low Water Condition declaration.
Boaters need to remain cautious on all lakes as levels are lower than normal.
The Mississippi Valley Low Water Response Team 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