August 02, 2002

Persistent hot, dry weather prompts York Region to continue outdoor water ban/advisory

 

NEWMARKET Despite water conservation efforts by York Region residents, ongoing hot, dry weather conditions have prompted the Regional Municipality of York to continue its Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban in northern York Region and Stage 1 Water Use Advisory for southern York Region.

The Stage 2 Ban states no person shall use municipal water from a hose, pipe, sprinkler or permanent irrigation system for the purposes of watering lawns or gardens, washing vehicles, sidewalks or driveways, and filling or topping up swimming pools.

The Stage 1 Advisory requests all persons refrain from using municipal water from a hose, pipe, sprinkler or permanent irrigation system for the purposes of watering lawns or gardens, washing vehicles, sidewalks or driveways, and filling or topping up swimming pools.

On July 17, 2002, a Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban began in northern York Region for the following communities that rely on groundwater supplies: Aurora, Newmarket, Holland Landing, Queensville, Sharon, Mount Albert, Ballantrae, Stouffville, King City, Kleinburg, Nobleton and Schomberg.

The communities of Vaughan (except Kleinburg), Richmond Hill, Markham, Georgina, Keswick and Sutton, that rely on Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe water supplies, have been under a water use advisory.

Bylaw enforcement of any outdoor water use restrictions is the responsibility of the area municipality.

York Region officials will continue to monitor outdoor water usage to determine when current restrictions can be eased, or further restrictions imposed.

Exemptions to the current outdoor water ban and advisory apply to persons who own, operate or carry on the following operations or activities that rely on a steady supply and use of water:

To review Fact Sheets on Water Efficiency and harmonized outdoor water use bylaws, or for more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca

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The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

 
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