July 6, 2007
Media Release

York Region requests residents to conserve water during voluntary Stage 1 water advisory


Click here to view the Outdoor Water Use web page.
Residents are encouraged to get more information through website, water hotline and email
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York would like to request that all residents continue to conserve water during the current voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory that is in place for all nine local municipalities in the Region.
 
York Region thanks residents for their support and conservation efforts. These efforts have had a tremendous impact on the water reservoir levels across the Region, restoring them to safe levels near 70 per cent.  Regional officials will be cautiously monitoring reservoir levels throughout the weekend during the forecasted hot and humid weather and will advise residents accordingly of any water-use changes.
 
During the current voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory, residents are asked to 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.  During a voluntary Stage 1 Advisory, residents are also required to follow their local municipality's outdoor water-use by-laws i.e. specific watering days and times may apply (see attached Fact Sheet #1 for a list of municipal outdoor water-use by-laws across York Region).  For more information on municipal water-use by-laws or enforcement of these rules, residents are asked to contact their local municipality.
 
Providing adequate water supply to local municipalities is very important to York Region.  During the last five years, York Region has initiated various projects to increase the capacity of water supply and storage reservoirs to meet the needs of our growing population, including approximately $400 million in water infrastructure.  Throughout the next 10 years, the Region will invest more than $500 million on 35 water projects throughout the Region.  Additionally, York Region recently initiated a Water and Wastewater Master plan to assess and plan for the long-term water infrastructure needs for all of York Region.
 
Residents who have questions about the current voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory are encouraged to visit York Region's website www.york.ca, contact the Water Conservation Hotline at 1-877-464-9675, ext. 5298 (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday) or email yorkregionwaterhotline@york.ca.  York Region has answered more than 700 phone calls and emails to-date and appreciates the interest and feedback that has been given by residents (see attached Fact Sheet #2 for a list of Frequently Asked Questions).

Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is a municipal outdoor water-use by-law?
A municipal outdoor water-use by-law is a rule laid out by your local municipality pertaining to water-use during the summer months (approximately May through September).
 
I don't know what my municipality's by-laws are, where can I get more information?
A summary of local municipal outdoor water-use by-laws is available by visiting York Region's website at www.york.ca and clicking on the "Outdoor Water Use in York Region" icon.  For additional information and clarification on these by-laws, please contact your local municipality.
 
Who is responsible for enforcing municipal by-laws and who should I contact if I am concerned about a neighbour or area business who I think may be violating by-laws?
Your local municipality is responsible for local by-law enforcement and would be the best place to contact regarding these concerns.
 
What is a voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory?
A voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory is a measure that is put in place when water reservoir levels reach approximately 70 per cent.  It 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.
 
During a voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory do I have to follow my municipal water-use by-laws?
Yes, during a voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory you must follow your local by-laws in addition to limiting your use of municipal water from a hose, pipe, sprinkler(s) whenever and wherever possible.
 
My grass is yellow, will I have to replace it?
When grass turns yellow it usually means that it has become dormant, not dead.  Once additional water is present and/or the weather is cooler, the grass should return to a green colour.
 
What can I do to limit my water use during a Stage 1 Advisory?
 At all times, 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
 When watering your lawn, do so 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 and leave grass clippings on the lawn to retain moisture
 Use a commercial carwash to clean your car it's more environmentally friendly
 When you must fill a pool, water levels should reach 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, please visit the York Region website www.york.ca and click on the "Outdoor Water Use in York Region" icon, contact the Water Conservation Hotline at 1-877-464-9675, ext. 5298 (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday) or email yorkregionwaterhotline@york.ca.
 

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Media Contact: Tracy Smith, Communications Specialist, York Region
Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
Email: Tracy.Smith@york.ca

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