Kawartha Lakes Families Did You Enter to Win This Healthy Giveaway?Kawartha Lakes families are being asked to continue to find ways to reduce water consumption in the latest press release from Kawartha Conservation.
Do you find this surprising?
People are not watering their lawns at this time of year, so where is all the water going?
The press release also includes an invitation to a free free water well workshop on December 5th, 2016.
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Here is the press release :
Drought Conditions Continue Across Kawartha Conservation WatershedResidents and businesses asked to continue voluntary reduction of water usage
November 22, 2016 – Drought conditions are continuing across the Kawartha Conservation watershed with significantly-reduced precipitation in October and through the first half of November.
On Monday, November 21, the Kawartha Water Response Team continued the Level II low water condition declaration for the majority of the watershed with a Level III low water condition declaration for the Township of Scugog.
“Recorded three month precipitation from August to October was below the average precipitation for this period throughout the watershed,” explained Kawartha Conservation Hydrologist Iryna Shulyarenko. “Our flow indicators for October show that with the exception of Blackstock Creek, all of the watershed’s monitoring locations reported flows that are significantly lower than the long-term minimum monthly summer flow.”
Making matters worse, for the first 18 days of November, Port Perry had received only 12.6 percent of the average November precipitation while Indian Point Provincial Park had registered just about 7 percent.
“On average, Port Perry receives 92mm of precipitation in November and Indian Point receives 109.3mm of precipitation,” said Ms. Shulyarenko. “For the first 18 days of November only 12.6mm was recorded by the Port Perry weather monitoring station and only 7.6mm was recorded at Indian Point Provincial Park.”
Kawartha Water Response Team members are hoping for significant precipitation before the ground freezes to help replenish the ground water supply. Unfortunately, officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry note their weather models show above average temperatures and below average precipitation into December before temperatures drop to below seasonal averages and the ground freezes.
“We are continuing to ask residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce their water consumption,” said Ms. Shulyarenko. “Water is a shared resource and every little bit of water conservation will help make a difference for you and your neighbour. This is especially important for residents with shallow wells as ongoing conservation practices can make a significant difference after the ground freezes and aquifer recharge will be greatly reduced.”
In response to the continued negative impact of the low water conditions on ground water supplies, the Kawartha Conservation Water Response Team is presenting free water well workshops with a focus on managing your well to maintain a reliable source of high quality water for domestic use.
“On Monday, December 5 we will be hosting a workshop at the Blackstock Recreation Complex from 7 to 9 p.m.,” said Kawartha Conservation Stewardship Technician Mackenzie Kirkham. “The two-hour session will include a talk with Greg Bullock of Eades Well Drilling who will be discussing how to conduct a water well self-assessment, among other things.” Kawartha Conservation staff will explain outdoor water conservation techniques in response to the current low water conditions.”Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the free water well workshop on December 5. Additional water well workshops will be announced early in the New Year.
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