More dry and hot weather in the region has forced Quinte Conservation to issue a Level 2 Low Water Condition for the Salmon River Watershed.
QC says recent rainfall has helped to revitalize grass and vegetation and relieve some stress in areas, but has had a minimal impact on water flows and levels.
Groundwater levels remain low in areas as intense rains are running off the surface of the ground, instead of infiltrating the soil to replenish groundwater levels.
In order to help preserve surface and groundwater resources, Quinte Conservation is asking all residents to reduce water usage by 20%.
A Level 1 Low Water Condition means the potential for water supply problems has been identified. 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.
The Moira, Napanee, and Prince Edward Watersheds remain in a Level 1 Low Water Condition.
Quinte Conservation encourages residents experiencing low water to report their conditions using an online form. The form can be found on the main page of the Quinte Conservation website, along with tips for water conservation, at www.QuinteConservation.ca.