Low Water

Current Low Water Status: Normal

Conservation Halton Low Water Terminology

Conservation Halton, in partnership with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, 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.

Normal: Conditions are within normal limits.

Level I Low Water Condition: This level is primarily a warning based on early indication of potential water supply problems. As a result, the focus is on voluntary conservation of water.

Level II Low Water Condition: This level indicates a potentially serious problem. As a result, the conservation of water is extended to restrictions on non-essential uses.

Level III Low Water Condition: This level indicates a failure of the water supply to meet demand. As a result, the focus is on conservation, regulation and enforcement of non-essential uses.

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

Additional Resources


Glenn Farmer
Manager, Flood Forecasting & Operations
Mobile: 647-458-1046
Email: gfarmer@hrca.on.ca

Shelly Datseris
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Mobile: 905-208-0030