August 13, 2007

York Region lifts mandatory Stage 2 Water Ban for Town of Aurora and community of Oak Ridges in Richmond Hill


Voluntary Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory remains in effect for all of York Region


NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has lifted the mandatory Stage 2 Outdoor Water Use Ban for the Town of Aurora and the community of Oak Ridges in the Town of Richmond Hill.  A voluntary Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory remains in effect for all of York Region.


York Region thanks residents for their co-operation during the Stage 2 Ban, which was implemented on August 2nd following a drop in reservoir levels due to persistent hot, dry weather.  Despite very little rainfall since the ban was initiated, conservation efforts by residents have helped water reservoir levels return to approximately 70 per cent.


The Region requests continued conservation from residents – particularly in the Richmond Hill area – to ensure that there are adequate water supplies for emergencies.


A voluntary Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory requests all persons voluntarily limit 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, in accordance with their local water-use bylaws. 


York Region, as with much of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), has had above-average temperatures since May, and less than half of the normal rainfall from May through July.  Despite the hot, dry weather, conservation efforts by residents and new water supply infrastructure have kept the need for water bans to a minimum.


Residents with questions about the Stage 1 Water Advisory can do the following:


York Region has answered more than 700 phone calls and emails to date and appreciates the interest and feedback that has been provided by residents. 


Attached are Frequently Asked Questions and a list of local municipal water use by-laws to use as a guideline during the Stage 1 Water Advisory.


For more information on municipal water-use by-laws or enforcement of these rules, residents are asked to contact their local municipality.


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, 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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