June 15, 2005

York Region lifts partial Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban

The Region thanks residents for their conservation and compliance efforts
NEWMARKET With recent rainfall and forecast cooler weather, the Regional Municipality of York today has lifted its partial Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban, which had been in effect for the communities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Kleinburg, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. 
All of York Region remains under a Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory, which asks residents to refrain from using a hose for outdoor water use.
On June 10th, the Region issued a partial Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban in response to low reservoir levels, and prolonged hot weather.  The entire Region has been under a Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory since June 8th.
Residents are to be thanked for their patience during the water ban, as well as their efforts towards conserving water.  Limiting demand for water is a key measure in helping to maintain reservoir levels during high-demand periods, similar to those encountered over the last few weeks.
While reservoirs have recovered significantly over the last four days, the Region is encouraging residents to refrain from outdoor water use where possible, in an effort to help avoid the necessity of another water use ban if prolonged hot weather returns.
York Region officials constantly monitor water reservoir levels, and will determine if the Stage 1 Advisory can be lifted next week.
For updates on outdoor water use restrictions, please visit our Web site at: 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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