July 11, 2005

York Region imposes Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban for the community of Kleinburg

Remainder of York Region remains under Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory
NEWMARKET Due to continued high demand for water, York Region has imposed a Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban for the community of Kleinburg.  All other parts of York Region remain under a Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory.
The Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use 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.
Southwestern Ontario has experienced drought-like conditions for nearly five weeks, with only three millimetres of rain in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) since June 14th.  With record high temperatures forecast to continue for the rest of the week, there will be a renewed demand for water.
Conservation efforts by York Region residents have greatly reduced water demand to date, making it much easier to maintain water reservoirs at an adequate level, while Regional pumping systems are in continuous operation to meet water demand. 
York Region officials constantly monitor outdoor water usage, and recommend to local municipalities when a water advisory or ban is necessary to maintain adequate water levels to deal with emergencies.  Monitoring efforts will continue to determine whether the water ban can be lifted, or extended if weather conditions persist.
Enforcement of water use by-laws is performed by each of the area municipalities.  Fines for breaking this by-law (By-law no. 122-2003) can reach as much as $5,000.
For up-to-date information on water conservation, as well as helpful hints to reduce outdoor water use, please visit www.york.ca 
Media Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
(905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
Email: Michael.kemp@york.ca

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