July 3, 2007
Media Release

York Region downgrades mandatory Stage 2 Water Ban to voluntary Stage 1 Advisory in Aurora, Newmarket, Oak Ridges and Maple

Voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory remains in place for all York Region municipalities
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has removed the mandatory Stage 2 Outdoor Water Ban in the Towns of Aurora and Newmarket, the community of Oak Ridges in the Town of Richmond Hill and the community of Maple in the City of Vaughan.  All nine municipalities in York Region are now operating under a voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory.
York Region would like to thank the residents of Aurora, Newmarket, Oak Ridges and Maple for their continued co-operation and ongoing water conservation efforts during the past week while the Stage 2 Water Ban was in place.  Water Reserve levels across the Region are now safely above the necessary 70-per cent level and will be cautiously monitored throughout the next week to ensure stability.
ALL York Region residents are asked to respect the current voluntary Stage 1 Water Advisory in place across all municipalities.  A Stage 1 Advisory requests all persons voluntarily refrain from using 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. 
York Region residents can assist in conserving water use by following these simple tips:
• 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
• Use a commercial carwash to clean your car – it’s more environmentally friendly
• 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, please visit the York Region website www.york.ca and click on the “Outdoor Water Use in York Region” icon or contact the Water Conservation Hotline at 1-877-464-9675, ext. 5298 (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday) to speak with a Regional representative or e-mail 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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