While Utilities Kingston assures the public that Lake Ontario remains a reliable source of drinking water, the municipality is supporting the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority’s (CRCA) call to residents to reduce their use of water by 20 per cent.
“We draw our water from Lake Ontario, a vast freshwater resource that isn’t about to run out and Utilities Kingston continues to meet the demands of its customers. But, despite recent rainfall, it has been an extraordinarily dry summer and the CRCA’s declaration of a Level II Low Water Condition means that we should be more mindful of our water usage,” says Jim Keech, President and C.E.O. of Utilities Kingston.
Low water levels put a strain on fish and other aquatic species and affect those who rely on wells for their water supply.
Keech also suggests that the CRCA Low Water Level declaration is an opportunity for Utility Kingston residential customers to explore household and garden conservation practices and for its business and multi-residential customers to explore available Water Efficiency Retrofit Incentives.
Citizens can find this information on the Utilities Kingston site at http://utilitieskingston.com/Water/Conservation or by calling 613-546-0000 and saying “Conservation.”
“We are fortunate to be next to one of the Great Lakes, but fresh water is a limited and precious resource and we should be seeking to conserve it on a daily basis in any case,” says Keech who notes that seasonal watering restrictions are intended, in part, to remind residents to think about their use of water.
The CRCA’s declaration of a Level II Low Water Condition indicates the authority’s concern with the level of water in the regional watershed extending from Napanee to Brockville and north to Crosby.