By Brian Donlevy
The significant snowfall received in south western Ontario may be good news for water tables, but that will depend on the rate of the spring thaw.
Oxford County Manager of Water Services Deb Goudreau says the maximum benefit will be felt if it is a slow thaw this spring. According to Goudreau, a slow thaw will allow the water to soak into the ground and into the water table and replenish to current low levels.
If the thaw is rapid, most of the water will run off as surface water, which will not fill the underround aquifers.
One of the problems with last year's drought was the low water tables which caused irrigation problems for local farmers. They are hoping for substantial moisture this winter to alleviate the problem.