Low Water Status

Low Water Conditions

Conservation Halton, in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, assists in the co-ordination and support of local response in the event of a drought. We monitor local water level and precipitation closely and work with local water users to reduce demand and mitigate effects of water shortages, encouraging voluntary water conservation measures. Consisting of representatives from the Province, Municipalities, Conservation Authorities, local water users and interest groups, a Water Response Team is coordinated by Conservation Halton in its watershed.

There are three levels of Low Water Conditions:

Normal Water Level Normal Conditions are within normal limits.
Low Level 1 Water Level Level I First indication of potential water supply problems, primarily a warning level - Key focus is on voluntary conservation of water
Low Level 2 Water Level Level II Indicates a potentially serious problem - conservation of water is extended to restrictions on non-essential uses
Low Level 3 Water Level Level III

Indicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand - Key focus is on conservation, regulation and enforcement of non-essential uses

The Plan identifies three categories of water usage that would be used in ranking water usage allocation under Level 3 low water conditions as follows:

  • Essential Uses consist of water uses which deal with human life and health; a reasonable supply of water for drinking and sanitation, health care and public institutions (wastewater treatment, fire protection, schools and power generation) as well as water required for basic ecological functions
  • Important Uses consist of uses important for social and economic well being and would include activities critical to industry, commercial operations and agriculture
  • Non Essential Uses consist of uses which can be interrupted for a short period without significant impact and would include private swimming pools, lawn watering, public and private fountains and vehicle washing

Click here MNR & F Low Water Response Guidelines

Click here for OMAFRA page - Working together to Manage Low Water

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