Flows in small streams can be expected to at least become intermittent affecting the habitat for various aquatic species. Water levels on the lakes in the upper half of the watershed will decline again which could expose rocks and shoals hazardous to navigation. Outflow from the Rideau Canal reservoir lakes has been increased to maintain adequate levels throughout the Canal system.
Staff at the Perth and the Smiths Falls Drinking Water Treatment Plants are still watching incoming waters for higher concentrations of organic material and intensifying treatment as necessary.
Those who have permits for taking water from surface or groundwater sources are encouraged to reduce their actual taking as much as possible and residents on wells will need to use water conservatively. Municipalities can invoke water use bylaws that limit the use of water. Residents should find out what bylaws are in effect in their municipalities regarding water use as well as outdoor fires. Residents of the urban area of Ottawa benefit from the central drinking water system that draws from the Ottawa River that makes water use less critical in a drought. Nevertheless, water conservation is recommended for everyone in the watershed as a normal practise.
Conservation Authority staff continue to monitor conditions and communicate with water managers throughout the watershed through the Rideau Valley Water Response Team. An update of this statement will be issued on Thursday, June 16 or sooner if warranted.
To learn more about Ontario’s Low Water Response program visit their website. Also, visit the RVCA website for local conditions.
In order that we can track impacts of the drought conditions in the watershed, we request that any individuals or businesses in the Rideau Watershed who may be experiencing difficulties with their wells please contact the Conservation Authority by calling 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504, ext. 1128 or 1132.