September 18, 2003

York Region grants five-year extension to award-winning Water for Tomorrow program

NEWMARKET – York Regional Council today granted a five-year extension to the award-winning water conservation program Water for Tomorrow.


“The Water for Tomorrow program is a bona fide success story,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “To date, its emphasis on conservation has allowed York Region to save over 15 million litres of water every day.”


The initiative began in 1998 as part of the Region’s Water Use Efficiency Program.  It stressed water conservation as an economical and environmentally-friendly way to reduce the region’s need for expanded infrastructure. 


The program achieved water savings by retrofitting showerheads and toilet in more than 63,000 homes, providing free landscape audits to business and households, funding the York Children’s Water Festival educational initiative for children and repairing leaks in area watermains.   


“Extending the Water for Tomorrow program to 2008 will save an additional 14.5 million litres of water per day at a cost of just over $2.5 million,” said Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region’s Transportation and Works Committee. “This will offset the need for an estimated $7 million in additional water infrastructure – resulting in a savings of over $4.5 million.”


The Water for Tomorrow program has received many awards for its work, including recognition at the World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan in March 2003.


The program is facilitated by United Utilities of Canada Ltd.


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