What are drought levels 1,2 and 3?
As of July 19, six regions in Ontario had reached a level 2 drought, and 25 regions had reached a level 1 drought. "Level three is when you are out of water," said Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) district manager Rick Watchorn.
The MNR classifies three drought levels. Here is what they are and mean:
Level 1 drought
Region records less than 80 % of the normal three-month rainfall average.
Stream (or river water) flow drops to the seasonal low (or lowest level of water flow), which is usually in late August.
Level 2 drought
Region records less than 60 % of the normal three-month rainfall average.
Stream flow drops to less than 50 % of the seasonal low.
Level 3 drought
At this point there is not enough potable water to satisfy a regionís needs. Depending on conditions in specific area, including ponds drying up, local authorities would likely call this a disaster.
Region records less than 40 % of the normal three-month rainfall average.
Stream flow drops to less than 30 % of the seasonal low.