The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

North Glen­garry res­i­dents are be­ing asked to re­duce wa­ter use by 20 per cent since much of East­ern On­tario con­tin­ues to be in a “Level 2” drought.

A level 2 sit­u­a­tion refers to “a po­ten­tially se­ri­ous prob­lem.” How­ever, if dry con­di­tions per­sist, the sta­tus may de­te­ri­o­rate to “Level 3,” when wa­ter sup­plies fail to meet de­mand.

“Wa­ter lev­els are re­ally low this year,” noted Natasha Machado, who along with other South Na­tion Con­ser­va­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­it­er­ated the need for con­ser­va­tion at the last North Glen­garry coun­cil meet­ing.

“The agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity is the hard­est hit and needs wa­ter,” said SNC en­vi­ron­men­tal tech­nol­o­gist Ja­son Syming­ton.

He added wells that rely on rain­wa­ter are feel­ing the ef­fects of in­ad­e­quate pre­cip­i­ta­tion.

“The lev­els of the wa­ter sys­tems are at the low­est they have been in many years,” the town­ship noted in a pub­lic no­tice.

“It is im­per­a­tive” that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and its res­i­dents do their ut­most to achieve a 20 per cent re­duc­tion in wa­ter con­sump­tion, North Glen­garry states.

Mu­nic­i­pal CAO Daniel Gagnon added the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity, which man­ages wa­ter lev­els in the Garry River Wa­ter­shed (Loch Garry, Mid­dle Lake and Mill Pond), shares the same con­cerns as the South Na­tion agency.

“They are both telling us the same thing: It’s very dry out there,” said Mr. Gagnon.

The CAO added Mill Pond wa­ter lev­els are ad­e­quate be­cause the RRCA man­ages the dams to en­sure the town­ship has enough wa­ter in Mill Pond, the town’s drink­ing wa­ter source. ”The wa­ter in­take in Mill Pond is fine but up­stream Loch Garry and Mid­dle Lake wa­ter lev­els are down. So what­ever we can con­serve by not wast­ing wa­ter for less crit­i­cal things, like wash­ing cars or fill­ing pools, the bet­ter over­all,” stressed Mr. Gagnon.

Maxville Ward Coun. Carma Wil­liams said she wouldn’t be sur­prised if peo­ple’s wells are “par­tic­u­larly stressed right now.” Maxville res­i­dents have a com­bi­na­tion of drilled and dug wells. “They have lived with wells here for as long as they have been here so they know how to han­dle drought con­di­tions, which is to re­duce and con­serve wa­ter as much as you can.”

Some peo­ple also have wa­ter shipped in to sup­ple­ment their sup­ply. Ms. Wil­liams said she hasn’t re­ceived any re­ports of dug wells run­ning dry but be­lieves that peo­ple are in “pretty heavy con­ser­va­tion mode, be­cause dug wells in par­tic­u­lar are sus­cep­ti­ble to go­ing dry in th­ese kinds of drought con­di­tions. Drilled wells tend to be more sta­ble.”

“This is just added ev­i­dence to the need

for Maxville to have mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter,” she said. “When you have a large-scale drought it puts added pres­sures on wells. If we had mu­nic­i­pal wa­ter it wouldn’t be a con­cern.”

North Glen­garry has taken its own steps to re­duce con­sump­tion, in­clud­ing use for flower wa­ter­ing, wa­ter main flush­ing and con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

Here are some ways cit­i­zens can save wa­ter. Shut off the wa­ter while brush­ing your teeth. Re­duce your nor­mal show­er­ing time by 20 per cent. Re­duce ir­ri­ga­tion. Re­pair leaky sinks and toi­lets. Max­i­mize the ca­pac­ity of your laun­dry ma­chine.

When hand-wash­ing dishes, do not run the taps. Fill a basin to wash them in. are al­ready be­ing re­lo­cated. She is ask­ing the pub­lic to con­tact her or Frances Fraser if any­one sees books be­ing re­moved from the branch. “Res­i­dents are asked to watch for cars at the li­brary in the off-hours,” she said.

Save the SDG Li­brary Branches and Friends of the Dalkeith Li­brary sup­port­ers are still plan­ning to speak at Stor­mont- Dun­das- Glen­garry coun­ties coun­cil Au­gust 22 to once again ex­press their frus­tra­tion about the closures.

To mark the branch’s demise, a gath­er­ing will be held at the Dalkeith lo­ca­tion, Au­gust 27, at 10:30 a.m. Ms. Noble noted the com­mu­nity room por­tion of the build­ing is not rented by the SDG Li­brary so it will be avail­able for the group.

North Glen­garry Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDon­ald, who is also SDG War­den, op­posed the closures that were ap­prove in a 4-3 vote July 29. Ms. Noble knows that three peo­ple from the Li­brary Board -- Bar­bara Le­htiniemi, who re­signed as vice-chair fol­low­ing the vote for closures, South Glen­garry Deputy Mayor Frank Prevost, and Mr. MacDon­ald, sup­port the branches. She still hopes that com­bined with North Glen­garry coun­cil’s sup­port, “They can do some­thing for us.”

“I know that ev­ery politi­cian needs an opus,” she added. “If this is Jamie’s, all the power to him.”

Ms. Gagnon and her hus­band Cal Martin, who cre­ated the Save Our SDG Li­brary Branches Face­book Page, vis­ited South Stor­mont coun­cil Au­gust 10, with about 50 com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tend­ing, and re­ceived sup­port from coun­cil. “The Li­brary Board and staff are not act­ing in good faith, even though there is a large con­tin­gent of peo­ple who are not happy with this process,” added Ms. Gagnon.


Dalkeith His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Frances Fraser is mak­ing a “pub­lic plea” to the SDG County Li­brary to leave lo­cal his­tory books in Dalkeith. She would like to move them to Robert­son Clark Build­ing for preser­va­tion. Ms. Fraser also hopes Dalkeith can keep the two com­put­ers cur­rently in the li­brary for WiFi ac­cess.

She added since Canada will be cel­e­brat­ing its 150th Anniversar­y in 2017, Dalkeith would ap­pre­ci­ate keep­ing its own his­tory books for res­i­dents and peo­ple vis­it­ing the area to learn about lo­cal his­tory.

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