July 17, 2006
Media Release

York Region downgrades Kleinburg Water Ban to Stage 1 Advisory

 
Test well successfully put into service to provide additional water source for community
 
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York has lifted the mandatory Stage 2 Outdoor Water Ban in the community of Kleinburg after a nearby test well was successfully put into service and tested throughout last week.  The Stage 2 Ban has been downgraded to a voluntary Stage 1 Outdoor Water Advisory.
 
York Region would like to thank the residents of Kleinburg for their continued co-operation and ongoing water conservation efforts.
 
York Region officials made the decision to lift the Stage 2 Water Ban following a number of water quality tests and four days of full capacity operation of the new pump and well.  Following the Ministry of Environment's expedited granting of all necessary approvals, York Region officials were able to connect the nearby test well much earlier than originally anticipated.
 
Within York Region, the communities of Kleinburg and King City are under a Stage 1 Outdoor Water Advisory.  Residents of these communities are reminded that a Stage 1 Water Advisory requests that residents voluntarily reduce their use of 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. 
 
All other areas and municipalities within York Region are operating under regular municipal water use by-laws with no additional restrictions currently in place.  York Region residents, other than those in Kleinburg and King City, are reminded to assist in conserving water during hot, dry weather by following these simple guidelines:
 
 Refrain from heavy lawn watering as lawns only need 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) of water per week and less frequent watering will encourage grass to develop deeper roots and become stronger
 Water lawns late in the evening or early in the morning to prevent evaporation
 When mowing the lawn, leave the grass at least 8 centimetres (3 inches) long to provide shade for the roots
 Leave grass clippings on the lawn to retain moisture
 Try going to a carwash to clean your car it's more environmentally friendly
 Fill pools so that the water level reaches 15 to 20 centimetres (6 to 8 inches) below the top edge of the pool and cover to prevent evaporation
 Sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them down with water
 
For complete information on outdoor water use in York Region, including bylaws for all nine municipalities, please visit the York Region Web site www.york.ca and click on the Water Conservation icon or phone the Water Conservation Hotline toll-free at 1-877-464-9675 Ext. 5341 or locally (905) 954-4006 to speak with a Regional representative.
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For more information on the Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
 
Media Contact: Tracy Atkins, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region

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