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May '16

MVCA - Reduce unnecessary consumption of potable water

MVCA announces the need to reduce unnecessary consumption of potable water.  Please read attached Water Conditions Statement , as provided.


May 26, 2016 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WATERSHED—As with most of the province, dry weather has been dominating the Mississippi Valley watershed over the last two months, leading to well below average flows (less than 40% of normal) in the rivers and streams in the watershed for this time of year. Most of the upper lakes in the watershed are at or slightly above their summer target levels but evaporation could also become a significant concern for those areas if current conditions persist. Although there is some rainfall in the forecast for the weekend, the amounts predicted are expected to have minimal impact on existing conditions.

Residents outside the City of Ottawa are strongly urged to reduce their consumption of potable water. Using rain barrels to capture any rain to water lawns and gardens, and avoiding using pressure washers to clean houses, driveways, decks and fences all contribute to the conservation of our water resources. Municipalities may have invoked water restrictions, so check your municipality’s website for water restriction bylaws. For more water conservation tips visit

A significant rainfall over a large portion of the watershed will be required to return the watershed to normal conditions.

This Watershed Conditions Statement is valid through June 3, 2016. Additional statements will be issued when or if conditions are expected to change significantly from this outlook.

Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at

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