July 5, 2006

York Region downgrades King City Water Ban to Stage 1 Advisory

 
Community of Kleinburg remains at mandatory Stage 2 Water Ban
 
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has lifted the mandatory Stage 2 Outdoor Water Ban in the community of King City following the successful rehabilitation of the back-up well.  The Stage 2 Ban has been downgraded to a voluntary Stage 1 Outdoor Water Advisory and water tower levels in King City remain over 75-per cent capacity.
 
The community of Kleinburg remains in a mandatory Stage 2 Outdoor Water Ban as mechanical repairs continue on the main well.
 
York Region would like to thank the residents of Kleinburg and King City for their continued co-operation and ongoing water conservation efforts.
 
The community of King City is reminded that a Stage 1 Water Advisory requests that residents 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 are able to water flowers, shrubs, trees or vegetables provided they are using a hand-held container.
 
In the community of Kleinburg, Regional officials are working towards the connection of a nearby test well, which should be operational at the end of July.  Kleinburg water tower levels are currently at 60-per cent capacity.
 
Residents of Kleinburg are reminded that a Stage 2 Water 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.  Residents can be charged up to $5,000 for lawn watering in accordance with the municipal bylaw.
 
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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Media Contact: Tracy Atkins, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, Ext. 1209 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302
 Email: tracy.atkins@york.ca

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