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Low Water Conditions


The Level 2 Low Water Condition, urging water conservation of 20%, will remain in effect until further notice

The Low Water Response Group met on September 13, 2016 and it was decided that a Level II low water status will remain in effect.

Although the area has had some much needed rain of late which is great, however.... the level of drought that we have experienced this summer has left ponds, waterbodies, streams and aquifers severely depleted.  It will take several months combined with adequate precipitation to re-charge the system. 

So conservation efforts are being requested from all users - at least 20% reduction in water use.

The Otonabee Region Water Response Team has been activated and the Township of Selwyn will follow the low water response program as our contingency program. 


Please Note:

  • Officials in Peterborough County and City have been meeting regularly about the low water conditions.
  • Municipalities have been urging 20% water conservation for several weeks and have implemented lawn watering and other non-essential water restrictions.
  • Open air burning is prohibited in most locations in the County, including Selwyn.
  • These measures are intended to preserve the water table as much as possible.
  • Officials are meeting again the week of August 15th to discuss the low water conditions and may be implementing further restrictions.
  • Individual residents may also need contact a water hauler in the event that their well runs dry.
  • The Township also has an Emergency Plan which sets out the manner in which we would respond to a large scale
    emergency.  We use this standard process to guide us through our emergency response.

Watering Restrictions in Effect!

With these extremely dry conditions, its important to remember that there are Water Restrictions in effect in Selwyn Township!

Peterborough and Woodland Acres (June 1 to August 31) - Even-numbered addresses may water only on even-numbered days between 7 am and 10 pm. - Odd-numbered addresses may water only on odd-numbered days between 7 am and 10 pm.

Lakefield (May 15 to September 15) - Even-numbered addresses may water only on even-numbered days from 7-9 am and 6-10 pm. - Odd-numbered addressess may water only on odd-numbered days from 7-9 am and 6-10 pm.

Remember to make the most out of the water you use to keep your plants thriving. Water your gardens and plants in the early morning or late afternoon when water does not evaporate as quickly.

Also, water your plants using a watering can rather than a hose. Hoses use 1,000 litres of water an hour!

For more information, call the Peterborough Utilities Group Customer Service Department at 705-748-6900 or visit:

Some helpful & easy tips to conserve water!

1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth - this can save 6 litres of water per minute!

2. Take a shorter shower. Shower can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute!

4. Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher - this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.

5. Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year!

7. Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 litres of water an hour.

8. Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.

For more water saving ideas:

Water Saving Information for Farmers

For advice on how tp manage crops during low water conditions, please visit the OMAFRA resources page: