May 31, 2006
Media Release

Residents asked to practice outdoor water conservation this spring and summer

Conservation is the key to keeping adequate water reserves during hot, dry weather
NEWMARKET – With the arrival of warmer spring and summer weather, the Regional Municipality of York is reminding residents and businesses to practice water conservation by conserving outdoor water use.
With Environment Canada predicting a hot and dry summer, York Region will carefully monitor water supplies to ensure an adequate supply to manage emergencies should they occur. 
York Region’s nine area municipalities each have by-laws governing outdoor water use.  For a complete list, please visit the water conservation link on the front page of the Region’s Web site,
Residents can decrease their outdoor water consumption by adhering to some of the following 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
York Region officials monitor outdoor water usage on a regular basis and recommend to local municipalities when a water advisory or ban is necessary.  Enforcement of water use by-laws is performed by each individual municipality.
In an effort to educate residents on water conservation, York Region hosts the York Children’s Water Festival annually at the Bruce’s Mill Conservation Authority in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.  The eighth annual festival held from May 15th to May 19th this spring saw 5,000 students from York Region participate in a number of interactive, educational events and displays, in an effort to create a culture of conservation.
Outdoor water throughout most of northern York Region is supplied through groundwater aquifers, while the southern part of York Region is supplied with Lake Ontario water from the City of Toronto water system.  The Town of Georgina is supplied with water from nearby Lake Simcoe.
For more information on water conservation, please visit the Water for Tomorrow Web site at
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Media Contact: Tracy Atkins, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1209 or After-hours pager: 


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