Water levels across the Hamilton Conservation Authority's watershed are back to normal. As a result, the authority's Low Water Response Team has lifted its Level 1 Low Water Condition – an alert that was first issued in May.
According to the HCA, rainfall received in October was higher than normal with 155 to 195 per cent of average rain received. This increased the three-month rain totals to 100 to 130 per cent of normal values. Area watercourses have returned to normal flows for this time of year and HCA reservoirs are at average operating levels.
In the spring, the Low Water Response Team, comprised of water uses in the watershed, agricultural representatives, golf courses, nursery and quarry operators, industrial users as well as provincial, municipal and authority representatives, issued a Level 1 Low Water Condition and encouraged users to reduce water consumption by 10 per cent.
In July, the team escalated the condition to a Level II, urging users to reduce water use by 20 per cent.