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Dropping water levels in Kitchener's Victoria Park lake blamed on faulty gate

People may notice the water levels in the lake in Kitchener's Victoria Park have dropped, and they're expected to drop even further. The city says it needs to replace a sluice gate, which regulate the flow of water in the lake.

'Swans, fish and other wildlife will not be affected' by dropping water levels, city says

The water levels in the lake at Kitchener's Victoria Park will be noticeably lower over the next few weeks as the city works to replace a sluice gate, which allows staff to control water levels in the park. (Carmen Groleau/CBC)

The water levels in the lake at Kitchener's Victoria Park will be noticeably lower over the next few weeks.

It's because the city needs to replace a sluice gate, which allows staff to control water levels in the park. In a release, the city said the gate was inspected during routine maintenance on Tuesday and it was determined it needs to be replaced.

The lake is used for stormwater management.

Since early Tuesday, city staff said water levels have dropped approximately 45 centimetres. 

To prepare for work to replace the gate, city crews will need to remove three trees in the area. A temporary support structure will be put into place to hold back water so the lake can continue to retain and control storm water.

The lake is expected to drop between one and 1.5 metres until the gate can be replaced. The city expects a replacement gate will be installed sometime next week. Water levels are anticipated to return to normal within three to five weeks.

"While lower water levels will be noticeable, enough water will remain so that swans, fish and other wildlife will not be affected," the city said.

The city also noted people living in the area, which includes Roland and David streets, may notice more traffic, city crews and noise while the work is completed.

Since early Tuesday, city staff said water levels have dropped approximately 45 centimetres.  (Carmen Groleau/CBC)

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