June 10, 2005

York Region imposes partial Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban

 
NEWMARKET Due to ongoing hot, dry weather, York Region has imposed a Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban for the communities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Kleinburg and Richmond Hill.  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.
 
On Wednesday, the Region issued a Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory for the whole of the Region in an attempt to cut the heavy demand caused by recent hot and dry weather.  Despite conservation efforts by residents, lack of rain has made it difficult to maintain Regional reservoirs at an adequate level, while Regional pumping systems are in continuous operation to meet water demand. 
An adequate level of water in reservoirs is necessary to manage emergencies.
 
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 will continue throughout the weekend 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.
 
For more information on the current outdoor water use status for York Region, or information on the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit: www.york.ca.
 
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Media Contact:   Patrick Casey, Director, Corporate Communications, York Region
Business hours phone: (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1234
After hours phone: (905) 715-8211
Email: Patrick.casey@york.ca
 
 
 


Fact Sheet

 

June 10, 2005 York Region outdoor water use restrictions
 

The Regional Municipality of York uses a three-stage system in the event that water reservoir levels drop to a point where water restrictions are necessary.
 
Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory:
 
The Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use 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.
 

Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban:
 
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.
 

Stage 3 Outdoor Water Use Ban/Non-essential Use Recommendations:
 
In the event of an extreme low water supply situation, the York Region Low Water Response Team will prepare a list of Non-essential Water Users within each area municipality.  Each Non-essential Water User will be advised and asked to prepare a Water Use Reduction Plan for use in the event of a Stage 3 condition.
 
The Stage 3 Outdoor Water Use Ban/Non-essential Use Recommendations states that all non-essential water users will be required to reduce water use in accordance with their Water Use Reduction Plan.
 

Exemptions to outdoor water advisories or ban apply to persons who own, operate or carry on the following operations or activities that rely on a steady supply and use of water:
 
 Nurseries
 
 Commercial or industrial facilities utilizing timed irrigation systems will be permitted to operate between 12 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a once per week basis
 
 All-weather playing fields if failure to water will result in a permanent loss of plant material or public safety
 
 Washing exterior building surfaces, including windows, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks prior to application of a product such as paint, preservative, stucco, or preparation of a surface prior to paving or repointing of bricks, or if required by law to comply with health and safety regulations
 
 Commercial car washes or car dealerships
 
 During a Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory and a Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban, public sector entities may operate public water play areas between the hours of 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 
 Other uses as identified by the individual area municipalities
 

 

 
 
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