July 17, 2002

Outdoor water ban and advisory issued for York Region

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York has asked area municipalities across York Region to restrict outdoor water usage because hot temperatures combined with no significant rainfall are causing a strain on water supply works.

"The average person in York Region uses 268 litres of water each day," said Debbie Korolnek, Director of Water and Wastewater, York Region. "During this hot, dry spell we are now experiencing, substantial outdoor water use is placing a significant demand on our water resources."

In northern York Region, a Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban is now in effect 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 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.

A Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory is now in effect for the following communities that rely on Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe water supplies: Vaughan (except Kleinburg), Richmond Hill, Markham, Georgina, Keswick and Sutton.

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.

People can, however, water flowers, shrubs, trees or vegetables provided watering is done using a hand-held container. New trees and shrubs can be watered during installation and for the next 24 hours. New sodded lawns can be watered for up to one month.

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

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:

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

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

Fact Sheets


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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