June 8, 2005

Outdoor water use advisory issued for York Region


NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has issued a Stage 1 Water Advisory today, which asks residents to “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.”
Residents can, however, water flowers, shrubs, trees or vegetables provided watering is done using a hand-held container.  New trees and shrubs can be watered during installation and for the next 24 hours.  New sodded lawns can be watered for up to one month.
Earlier this week, the Region proactively issued a request for residents to conserve outdoor water use by closely following guidelines set out in local municipal by-laws.  Despite conservation efforts by residents, continued hot and dry weather 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.
Exemptions to the current outdoor water advisory 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
 

York Region officials will continue to monitor outdoor water usage to determine if the current Stage 1 Advisory can be eased, or whether it will be necessary to implement a Stage 2 Water Ban.  (Please see attached Fact Sheet for more information).
 
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.  Enforcement of water use by-laws is performed by each individual municipality.
 
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: www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: Michael.kemp@york.ca
 

Fact Sheet

 

Wednesday, June 8, 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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