Drought worsens in Leeds-Grenville

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BROCKVILLE – With little rain and complaints of wells running dry, portions of Leeds-Grenville are now in a moderate drought situation.

The two conservation authorities serving the region – the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and the South Nation Conservation Authority – have raised their drought severity levels from “minor” to “moderate”.

The CRCA raised its level Tuesday and SNCA followed suit late Thursday.

The region has dealt with a minor drought since the beginning of May and conditions have not improved, the South Nation Conservation Authority said.

Rain meters in Brockville and Ottawa are showing levels roughly 60 per cent below normal over the last three months. The CRCA said the deficit is about 75 millimeters (2.95 inches) and could reach 100 millimeters (close to 4 inches) within a week or two.

While inland lakes in Leeds-Grenville have been able to hold their water levels, the persistent dry weather is starting to affect those lakes and streams, the CRCA said.

Both conservation authorities are asking people to conserve water.