July 17, 2002

Free landscape audits promote water conservation

NEWMARKET- The Regional Municipality of York's award winning Water for Tomorrow program is offering free landscape audits to area residents who wish to discover ways to conserve water during this prolonged period of hot, dry weather.

"The Water for Tomorrow program has been extremely well received," says Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "We continue to have a tremendous response from environmentally-conscious people looking for ways to conserve water use."

York Region began the program four years ago to implement water use efficiency across the region. Free landscape audits were introduced to educate people on how to conserve water by making simple property changes, such as planting drought-resistant plants.

"Any York region resident can call and book a free landscape audit," adds Michael Brooks, Water for Tomorrow Project Manager. "Trained horticulturists will make an onsite assessment, help explain the conditions that exist around your property and offer advice for creating a water efficient garden."

Residents who book a landscape audit will also receive a "water wise" kit, complete with a rain gauge, plant seeds, water efficient gardening and landscape information, discount coupons for plants at participating garden centres, plant lists and more.

Spaces are available in July and the first week of August. To book a landscape audit, please call 1-888-967-5426.

For more information on the Water for Tomorrow program and ways to conserve water, please visit www.water4tomorrow.com.

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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