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Hamilton Conservation Authority scraps drought alert

The Hamilton Conservation Authority has rescinded a drought warning for this area following higher than normal rainfall in October.

The wetter weather increased three-month rainfall totals to up to 130 per cent of regular levels and has seen watercourses return to normal flows, the authority said in a Nov. 8 news release.

A low-water response team had already downgraded the drought warning to a Level 1 from Level 2 on Oct. 26.

The removal of the drought warning means groundwater users are no longer being asked to cut consumption by 10 per cent.

The authority issued an unprecedented springtime Level 1 warning on May 9 and moved to a Level 2 on July 18, the latter accompanied by a call for a 20 per cent cut in use.

October’s rainfall was between 155 and 195 per cent of usual levels, which also replenished authority reservoirs.

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