In our area, Quinte Conservation is the lead for the local Water Response Team (WRT). The team includes representation from municipalities, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and local industry representing water users. The WRT is formed when the watershed is in a Level 1 condition. WRT’s monitor local conditions carefully and work with local water users to reduce demand and mitigate the effects of water shortages. The WRT encourages voluntary water conservation practices through education and public awareness initiatives.
Low water conditions are ranked as Level 1, 2 or 3 based on a prolonged period of low flows or precipitation. A Level 1 is the least severe and Level 3 is the most severe.
A Level 1 Low Water Condition means the potential for water supply problems has been identified. A Level 1 condition is managed through existing programs of Conservation Authorities, municipalities and other key provincial agencies. It is the first indication of potential water supply problems and the key focus is a conservation of water. A 10% reduction in water consumption is requested.
A Level 2 Low Water Condition indicates a potentially serious water supply problem. This level often means minor water supply issues are encountered and there is the potential for major supply problems. A Level 2 condition is managed through Conservation Authorities, municipalities and other key provincial agencies. This level indicates a potentially serious problem and conservation of water is extended to restrictions on non-essential uses and a 20% reduction in water consumption is requested.
A Level 3 Low Water Condition indicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand. Restrictions on water use may be imposed by municipalities or under the provincial Water Resources Act. A 30% reduction or more in water consumption is requested.
Easy ways for residents to reduce water usage include:
- installing toilet dams
- using rain barrels
- repairing leaky faucets
- encouraging minimal use of non-essential water (car washing, lawn watering)
For more water conservation tips, please read our Water Conservation brochure.