Return of normal watershed conditions within the Hamilton Conservation Authority watershed

Winter stream
Winter stream
The Hamilton Low Water Response Team appreciates the efforts taken by water users of surface and groundwater sources to reduce their water use since July 27th, when the Level 1 Low Water condition was declared for the entire HCA watershed. Due to the increased amounts of precipitation received over the last 3 to 4 months, the HCA watershed has now returned to normal conditions. Thank you again for doing your part to reduce water use within the watershed. A Low Water condition had been declared because precipitation amounts and streamflow rates fell below pre-determined thresholds, set by the provincial government under its Low Water Response Program. Three-month precipitation totals had been below 80 percent of long-term averages, and 30-day average streamflows had been below 70 percent of the minimum average summer month flow. The Level 1 declaration had included a request for a voluntary 10 per cent reduction in water consumption by all surface and groundwater users. The Hamilton Low Water Response Team is made up of water users in the watershed including agricultural representatives, golf courses, nursery operators, quarry operations, and industrial users as well as provincial and municipal representatives. HCA staff act as co-chair for this team, and are responsible for regular evaluation
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