August 30, 2007

The Regional Municipality of York lifts voluntary Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory


York Region thanks residents for their conservation during extremely hot, dry summer


NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York today lifted the voluntary Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory that was in effect for the Region's nine area municipalities for much of July and August this summer.  Recent cooler weather and increased rainfall, along with ongoing conservation by residents, has allowed water reserves to increase.


York Region would like to thank residents for their ongoing co-operation in helping to keep water levels in Regional reservoirs stable throughout a very hot and dry summer.


Environment Canada reported that this was the driest summer in 50 years.


With co-operation from residents and new water supply infrastructure, the Region required only a voluntary Water Advisory for most areas.  The exceptions included two brief, localized mandatory Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Bans in Aurora, Newmarket and the communities of Oak Ridges and Maple from June 25 to July 5, and in Aurora and Oak Ridges from August 2 to August 13.


Next year, many of these areas are expected to get further relief when new water supply projects are completed.  York Region continues to invest millions of dollars in new water supply infrastructure to service our communities.  In addition, the Region conserves more than 20 million litres of water per day through the award-winning Water for Tomorrow program.


With the Stage 1 Advisory lifted, residents are requested to continue to follow their local water use by-laws.    


For more information on water conservation tips, please visit the Water for Tomorrow website, located at


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, including links to local water use by-laws, please visit


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Media Contact:         Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell 905 251-6419


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