May 31, 2002

York Region Water for Tomorrow Program recognized for water conservation efforts


NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York, through its Water for Tomorrow Program, has been recognzied for its leadership in promoting water conservation for residents and businesses across the Region.

York Region received an honourable mention in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities CH2M HILL Canada Sustainable Community Award for excellence in municipal service delivery contributing to sustainable community development.

"The promotion of water conservation is vital for York Region," Bill Fisch, Regional Chair and CEO, said after accepting the award today at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 65th Annual Conference and Municipal Expo in Hamilton.

"Water conservation is essential to managing resources in our fast-growing communities," added Chairman Fisch. "It also means money saved. York Region will continue to aggressively explore new and innovative methods to conserve water."

In September 1998, the Region launched the Water for Tomorrow Program a six-year program designed to reduce water consumption through the installation of free water conservation devices in homes and businesses.

The program's major goal is to save more than 19 million litres of water each day. That's enough water to supply a town of 50,000 people. Currently, York Region is saving 13.2 million litres of water per day.

"Through leadership and innovative policies Canada's municipal governments are improving the environment and acting to protect our climate," said FCM President Jack Layton. "By advancing sustainable development, municipal governments are building healthier communities, improving services and securing a better quality of life for Canadians."

The FCM and CH2M HILL established the Canada Sustainable Community Awards in 2000. The awards recognize and promote municipal leadership in championing sustainable community development and promoting best practices in addressing environmental issues in municipal operations. Winning projects also demonstrate economic and social aspects of sustainability.

"Sustainable development is an exciting journey that requires flexible, creative solutions, as well as new methods of thinking and planning," said Nicholas Sonntag, President, CH2M HILL Canada. "CH2M HILL is proud to recognize these municipalities for their achievements and commitment to improving Canada's quality of life through resourceful approaches to community development."

In addition, the Canada Sustainable Community Awards are supported by the federal government's Climate Change Action Fund, and the Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. The Federation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

CH2M HILL is one of North America's leading environmental services firms, offering full-service solutions in the areas of water, environment, energy, telecommunications, transportation and industrial processes. CH2M HILL is committed to developing innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to serve the needs of communities across the world.

 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

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:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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