Water Efficiency Tips
- Refrain from heavy lawn watering. Lawns only require 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water. Less frequent watering will encourage grass to set deeper roots, where more moisture and nutrients are found.
- To prevent evaporation, water your lawn late in the evening or early in the morning.
- When cutting your lawn, leave the grass at least 8 cm (3 inches) long to provide shade for the roots.
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn to increase organic matter. Grass is 80 per cent water and readily decomposes.
- If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge and rinse quickly using a spray nozzle. Better still, go to a car wash – it's more environmentally friendly.
- Don't overfill swimming pools. Fill it to 15 to 20 cm (7 to 8 inches) from the top, and cover to prevent evaporation.
- Never leave a hose running. A running hose can waste up to 180 litres (40 gallons) of water in just five minutes.
- Check for and repair leaks in outdoor faucets, pipes and hoses. Leaks result in lost water and reduce water pressure.
For details 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
For details on York Region's award-winning Water for Tomorrow program that promotes and recognizes water conservation efforts, please visit www.water4tomorrow.com
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