Current Low Water Level Status: Level 2
KCCA uses a network of precipitation and stream gauges to determine Low Water Conditions throughout the watershed. KCCA establishes and coordinates a watershed based Water Response Team (WRT). This team consists of agriculture, industry and business, recreation and government representatives from the Kettle Creek watershed. The team assesses current precipitation and streamflow conditions in the watershed and responds in various ways to conserve our water resources. The response could range from issuing communications that advocate water conservation practices to making recommendations to the Province concerning water allocations.
Low Water Level Messages and What They Mean
Normal: No low water level conditions exist.
Level 1: First indication of a potential water supply problem where precipitation levels have fallen below the 80% long term average and streamflow is below 70% of the lowest average summer flow. A 10% voluntary conservation of water usage by the public is requested.
Level 2: More severe condition where precipitation levels have fallen below the 60% long term average and streamflow is below 50% of the lowest average summer flow. A 20% voluntary conservation of water usage by the public is requested.
Level 3: Indicates failure of the water supply to meet the demand where precipitation levels have fallen below the 40% long term average and streamflow is below 30% of the lowest average summer flow. At the Level 3 low water condition, conservation, restriction and regulation of the remaining water supply is put into effect and it is mandatory.
A watershed is considered to be in drought conditions if it is experiencing:
- Below normal levels of precipitation over an extended period of time; or
- Streamflows that are at a minimum required to sustain aquatic life; or
- Low water conditions that are causing socio-economic effects.
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Water Conservation Supervisor
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