One of the downsides of a mild and drier than normal spring: low water levels.  

That’s prompted the Grand River Conservation Authority to urge residents to cut water consumption by 10%.

It says, even though lawn watering restrictions have not yet taken effect in Waterloo Region, residents should still start limiting that practice now.  

It says over the past three months, we have only received about half of normal precipitation and this month has been especially dry.

In a normal April, we would receive 75 millimetres of rain, but some areas of the watershed have only received 10 millimetres.

Bottom line, the GRCA says many rivers and streams are already at mid-summer levels.

It’s not a problem isolated to just our area.  

Water levels are also low in several other watersheds in southwestern Ontario including the Upper Thames, Maitland Valley and St. Clair Region.