Low Water Levels
Low Water Level 1
- Familiarize yourself with your regional and/or municipal watering by-law and follow the applicable restrictions
- Reduce or eliminate non-essential water use e.g., watering your lawn, cleaning driveways etc.
- Use water storage containers such as rain barrels to water gardens, your lawn etc.
- If allowed (under regional/municipal watering bylaws) water outdoor landscape early in the day when temperatures are cooler
- If withdrawing water from a private well or surface water consider:
- Doing so slowly over a longer period (e.g., reduce pumping rate and time of day)
- Coordinating your withdraw with neighboring water takers
Low Water Level Monitoring
Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority issues three levels of messages for low-water situations to ensure municipalities and watershed residents are prepared in the event of low water conditions. Depending on the water level, LSRCA may issue one of the following statements:
The first indication of a potential water supply problem, managed through water conservation.
A potentially serious problem, managed through water conservation and restrictions on non-essential water use.
Water supply fails to meet demand, managed through water conservation restrictions and regulations of water use.