Here are some pages on this website related to water quantity:
Visit also the Water Levels Page
Read on for ways you can help to conserve water, save on water bills, and reduce stress on groundwater and surface water for the benefit of water, soil, living things ... and the economy!
At home and at work you can help preserve water quantity:
Here are some external website links to give you more ideas about ways to reduce water use to reduce stress on our water resources in this watershed community:
Canada has about seven per cent of the world's renewable water supply even though we only have less than half of one per cent of the world's population. However, most Canadians live in the south and much of the water is in the north.
Water quantity can be affected by many factors including evaporation, water use, and precipitation.
Changes in weather and climate can lead to flooding (too much water in a short time in a location) or drought and low water. That's why it's important to have wetlands - that help store and release water - and projects that create "watershed resiliency" to help prepare for changing watershed conditions.
Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network (PGMN)
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has been partnering with conservation authorities and their member municipalities on a provincial groundwater monitoring network (PGMN) since 2000.
The PGMN has been established to collect and maintain ambient (baseline) groundwater level and quality information from more than 450 wells, representing major aquifers across the province. Data from the monitoring network provides an early indicator for potential emerging issues such as climate change, water usage demand changes, and changes to water quality from both human-made and natural causes.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) currently monitors water levels and quality at 16 locations across the ABCA watersheds.
An aquifer is a volume of underground water which is located in porous overburden or bedrock. An aquifer should hold a sufficient supply of water for environmental and domestic needs.
Groundwater recharge area
(a) Natural processes, such as the infiltration of rainfall and snowmelt and the seepage of surface water from lakes, streams and wetlands;
(b) From human interventions, such as the use of storm water management systems, and;
(c) whose recharge rate exceeds a specified threshold.
A significant groundwater recharge area (SGRA) is one of four vulnerable areas identified in Ontario’s Clean Water Act, 2006.
Visit also 'Water Budgets' at www.sourcewaterinfo.on.ca