Localized storms have caused variable conditions throughout the Quinte Region. Minimal amounts of rain have occurred over portions of the Quinte Region during the last couple of weeks. Quinte Conservation Watershed Monitoring Coordinator Lynette Lambert says, “The recent rain has not been enough to help our current low water conditions. Flows in the Moira, Skootamatta, Black and Salmon Rivers as well as in the Prince Edward Region continue to be low and we need a significant amount of rain to change that. The Napanee Region has received localized rain storms, helping to relieve some of the low water stress.”
Quinte Conservation issued a Level 1 Low Water Condition for the Quinte watersheds on July 20.
Lambert adds, “We are asking residents and businesses of the region to continue to reduce water usage by 10 per cent until the supply is replenished. This includes the outside watering of plants and lawns, and washing driveways and sidewalks. Tips for water conservation can be found on our website.”
Due to the localized weather conditions, groundwater levels in some areas are comparable to those seen in the 2012 and 2016 droughts while others remain closer to normal conditions.
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
A Level 1 Low Water Condition means the potential for water supply problems has been identified. A Level 1 condition is managed through existing programs of the Conservation Authorities, municipalities and other key provincial agencies. Low water conditions are ranked as Level 1, 2 or 3 based on a prolonged period of low flows or precipitation. A Level 1 is the least severe and Level 3 is the most severe.
This message will be in effect until (or updated before) Thursday, August 16, 2018.