LOW WATER RESPONSE LEVELS

The Low Water Response Team meets as required during the year to review stream flow information and weather forecasts. Based on the information, the Team may declare a low water condition for each part of the Long Point Region watershed.

In addition to the provincial Low Water Response Plan, several municipalities in the Long Point Region watershed have passed their own water-use bylaws which include restrictions on lawn watering, car washing and other outdoor water use.

Beyond normal conditions, LPRCA issues bulletins specific to each of the three low water levels:

Normal

Normal (non-low flow conditions)
Generally indicates low flow to base flow conditions. It should be noted that during Normal flow conditions, the inherent risk to personal safety associated with flowing water still exists.

Level 1

Level 1 - Issued when stream flows are approximately 70% of their lowest average summer month flow over the past 30 days or when the watershed’s precipitation for 3 months falls below 80% of average. Level 1 bulletins also report general conditions of the watershed and ask the public to reduce water consumption by 10%.

Level 2

Level 2 - Issued when stream flows are approximately 50% of their lowest average summer month flow or the watershed’s precipitation falls below 60% of average. Level 2 bulletins also report specific drought-related concerns and ask all holders of Permits to Take Water and the general public to reduce water consumption by 20%. Municipalities may implement or increase restrictions on non-essential water use.
 

Level 3

Level 3 - Issued when stream flows are approximately 30% of their lowest average summer month flow or the watershed’s precipitation falls below 40% of average. Level 3 bulletins also report the potential for significant harm to the ecosystem and economic impact to water takers. The Province may impose mandatory restrictions on those holding Permits to Take Water.