July 15, 2002

York Region asks residents to reduce outdoor water use as hot, dry weather continues

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is asking residents and businesses across York Region to voluntarily reduce their outdoor water usage during the recent hot, dry weather.

With no significant rainfall for more than two weeks, and no rainfall in the Environment Canada forecast over the next several days, heavy outdoor water activities are beginning to cause a strain on water supply works.

Residents and businesses are asked to respect their municipal outdoor water use bylaws, and avoid heavy water use activities such as car washing, lawn watering and washing their driveways. Watering flowers and vegetable gardens should be done with water conservation in mind, using watering cans during the cooler early morning and late evening hours.

"It's best to practice water conservation throughout the year, but most importantly during the warm summer months," said Debbie Korolnek, Director of Water and Wastewater, York Region. "I know people throughout York Region will do their best to reduce outdoor water use during this hot period, and their efforts are truly appreciated."

Outdoor water throughout most of northern York Region is supplied through groundwater aquifers, while the southern part of York Region is supplied with Lake Ontario water from the City of Toronto water system. Georgina is supplied with water from Lake Simcoe.

York Region officials will continue to monitor outdoor water usage to determine whether temporary water restrictions will need to be imposed.

To review a Water Efficiency Fact Sheet, please click here. 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

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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