June 13, 2007
Media Release

York Region residents asked to practice outdoor water conservation this spring and summer

Conservation is the key to maintaining adequate water reserves
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 limiting outdoor water use.
With Environment Canada predicting below normal precipitation this summer, York Region will carefully monitor water supplies to ensure there is an adequate amount to manage emergencies should they occur. 
York Region’s nine area municipalities all 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 website: www.york.ca
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 root shade
• 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 (YCWF) annually at the Bruce’s Mill Conservation Authority in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.  The 8th Annual festival held in May this spring had 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.
The YCWF is part of the award-winning water conservation program, Water for Tomorrow, initiated by York Regional Council in 1998.  Since its inception, Water for Tomorrow has succeeded in saving 47.5 billion litres of water or 20.3 million litres of water each day through education and plumbing retrofitting.
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 www.water4tomorrow.com.

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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell 905 251-6419
 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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