August 07, 2002

Outdoor water ban relaxed in the Township of King, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and Kleinberg

NEWMARKET (fact sheet)  The Regional Municipality of York today relaxed the Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban for the Township of King, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the community of Kleinberg (within the City of Vaughan), replacing it with a less severe water advisory.

York Region had imposed a water ban for these areas on July 17, 2002, following a prolonged period of hot, dry weather.

"Despite a lack of sufficient rainfall, conservation efforts by citizens have allowed water levels in our storage reservoirs to return to a level that justifies lifting the ban in some smaller communities," said Kevin Quinn, Manager Water and Wastewater Operations, York Region.

A Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban continues in northern York Region for communities that rely on groundwater supplies, including Aurora, Newmarket, Holland Landing, Queensville, Sharon and Mount Albert.

A Stage 1 Outdoor Water Advisory continues in the following communities that rely on Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe water supplies: Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham and Georgina.

York Region officials will continue to monitor outdoor water usage to determine if restrictions will become necessary again, or if the water ban can be lifted for other communities served by groundwater aquifers.

"Conservation is key to managing our water supply," added Mr. Quinn. "Managing water use will help to ensure a healthy water supply."

For information on water restrictions, please see the attached Fact Sheet. 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

Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications Services

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:

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

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