By Howida Sorour-Roberts
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority has declared the region to be in moderate drought conditions with precipitation at less than 60 per cent of normal.
Area lakes are 30 to 40 centimetres below normal levels and non-reservoir lakes are experiencing water loss due to evaporation of up to one and two centimetres a day.
“We’re just asking people not to wash their cars or water their gardens every day, and as much as possible to limit their water use,” said Troy Dunlop, Smiths Falls director of public works and utilities
“If these condition continue we may have to move towards some water restrictions,” said Dunlop.