June 29, 2006
Media Release

Regional residents urged to conserve water during summer months

Stage 2 Water Ban remains in effect for Kleinburg and King City for Canada Day long weekend
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York is asking all York Region residents to assist in conserving water throughout the Canada Day long weekend and during hot and dry weather.  The communities of Kleinburg and King City remain under a mandatory Stage 2 Water Ban.
In the community of King City, York Region officials have successfully rehabilitated the back-up well and put it back in service.  The back-up well will be eased into operation, increasing its pumping capacity gradually over the next week.  York Region estimates the Stage 2 Water Ban could be lifted in King City by the end of next week once the back-up well is fully operational. 
Water tower levels in King City remain at 75-per cent capacity. 
In the community of Kleinburg, Regional officials are working towards the connection of a nearby test well, which should be operational before the end of July.  Kleinburg water tower levels are currently at 60-per cent capacity.
Residents of Kleinburg and King City 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.
Meanwhile, 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 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
 When washing a car, use a bucket and sponge and rinse quickly using a spray nozzle
 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 at toll-free 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
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, Ext. 1209 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302
 Email: tracy.atkins@york.ca


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