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South Nation Conservation’s Water Response Team met on September 21st to discuss the current drought conditions in the SNC jurisdiction.  The Team upgraded the drought advisory from minor to moderate (Level 2) for the Upper South Nation River Region.  This area extends from the South Nation River headwaters in Augusta Township to the Village of Casselman (map provided below).  The remainder of the jurisdiction will remain in a minor (Level 1) drought condition as originally issued on July 1st, 2018.

Since issuing a minor drought advisory in July, SNC has not seen conditions improved over the last month.  The rainfall received in August and September has been localized and is insufficient to improve soil moisture, streamflows, and groundwater levels.  Climate stations near the headwaters of the South Nation River indicated less than 60% of normal precipitation in the last 3 months.

Of the three drought levels, a Level 1 indicates that there is a potential for a water supply problem should current precipitation and stream flow trends persist.  A Level 2 condition indicates minor supply issues may be apparent and a Level 3 condition indicates the failure of the water supply to meet demand.

While in a Level 2 Drought Condition, SNC asks residents, businesses and other industries to reduce their water consumption by 20% by limiting non-essential uses.  It is also requested that municipal water conservation By-laws be enforced.

SNC’s Water Response Team, created under the Ontario Low Water Response program, consists of representatives from provincial and municipal governments, agriculture and other special interest groups.  SNC will continue to monitor the drought conditions and will provide updates as required.

For more information please contact Omar Kana’n at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 309, okanan@nation.on.ca or Sandra Mancini at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 223 smancini@nation.on.ca.

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