July 24, 2002
NEWMARKET – Despite the helpful combination of resident cutbacks in water use and strong recent rainfalls, the Regional Municipality of York will continue to impose a Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban in northern York Region and a Water Use Advisory for southern York Region.
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.
"Water levels in our storage reservoirs are beginning to recover, but the levels are not yet sufficient to warrant lifting restrictions," says Debbie Korolnek, Director of Water and Wastewater, York Region. "Lifting the restrictions at this point would put an unnecessary strain on our water reserves."
On July 17, 2002, a Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban began in northern York Region 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 communities of Vaughan (except Kleinburg), Richmond Hill, Markham, Georgina, Keswick and Sutton, that rely on Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe water supplies, have been under a water use advisory.
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.
Residents deserve thanks for their cooperation during the restrictions, says Ms. Korolnek. "I congratulate residents on their response. They understand the situation. They know that we have to have enough water for drinking, for fighting fires. They've responded beautifully."
Bylaw enforcement of any outdoor water use restrictions is the responsibility of the area municipality.
York Region officials will continue to monitor outdoor water usage to determine when current restrictions can be eased, or further restrictions imposed.
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:
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
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