The Lower Trent Conservation Authority has issued a Level 1 Low Water condition.
This means minor drought conditions are now being experienced across the LTC watershed region.
As part of this declaration, local municipalities, residents and businesses are expected to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10 percent.
Residents can help conserve water by using rain barrels to capture rain for watering lawns and gardens, limiting vehicle washing, etc.
Monthly streamflows in Butler Creek and Rawdon Creek have dropped below 70% of the Lowest Summer Month Average flows for these creeks.
The May to July 3-month rainfall total recorded by Environment Canada at Trenton was 177 millimetres, which is 78 percent of normal precipitation for this time of year.
Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions and report new information as it becomes available. To learn more about Ontario’s Low Water Response program visit their website at www.ltc.on.ca. You can also report any low water observations using the Low Water Reporting Form on the website.