The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) says it’s time to conserve water. The Rideau Valley Watershed now meets the threshold for minor low water status. 

After a cool and wet spring, with significant flooding in some areas, July and August have been mostly warm and dry, according to the RVCA. The organization says the 90-day rainfall amounts measured at climate stations throughout the watershed are sitting at around 80% of normal for this time of year. Average rainfall has been about 40% of normal for the past 30 days.   

The RVCA says conditions are expected to decline, with minimal precipitation and above average temperatures forecasted for the next 7 days.

Water levels in lakes and rivers are close to normal, according to the organization. However, water levels are expected to drop in the coming weeks.

The RVCA will continue monitoring conditions.