June 15, 2007
Media Release

York Region residents reminded to practice outdoor water conservation this weekend

Kleinburg and north Richmond Hill reservoir levels dropping
NEWMARKET – With persistent hot, dry weather forecast to continue over the next several days, The Regional Municipality of York is reminding residents and businesses to practice water conservation by limiting outdoor water use this weekend and throughout the spring and summer months.
Water reservoir levels in the community of Kleinburg and in northern Richmond Hill have dropped significantly over the past week.  Should they continue to drop through the weekend, the Region will have to implement a Stage 1 Outdoor Water Use Advisory for these areas.
York Region staff will monitor water levels – particularly in Kleinburg and northern Richmond Hill – to ensure there is an adequate supply to manage emergencies should they occur. 
Residents can decrease their outdoor water consumption by adhering to some of the following guidelines:
• Turn off pre-programmed sprinkler systems
• 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’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
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.
For more information on water conservation, please visit www.water4tomorrow.com
For more information on the status of water advisories in York Region, please visit the water conservation link on the main web page at www.york.ca
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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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