July 18, 2008
Media Release

York Region reminds residents to abide by outdoor watering bylaw to ensure adequate water supply for emergencies

Richmond Hill and Kleinburg residents asked to be extra vigilant in their outdoor water use
Questions and Answers
Backgrounder

NEWMARKET With warmer weather predicted for the next several weeks, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents that a water conservation notice is in effect for all municipalities.
 
Due to the recent rain and compliance with municipal watering bylaws by our residents, Regional water supplies remain constant in most areas, with the exception of the Town of Richmond Hill and the Kleinburg community in the City of Vaughan.
 
Under the bylaw, even-numbered homes may water outdoors only on even-numbered days of the month and odd-numbered homes may water outdoors only on odd-numbered days of the month.
 
Town of Richmond Hill and Kleinburg residents are asked to be extra vigilant in exercising outdoor water conservation.
 
York Region will initiate a water ban only if water levels are depleted to the point of affecting adequate supply, especially for fire fighting.
 
In the event of a water ban, notification will be posted on the Region's website as well as being distributed to the media. 
 
We thank our residents for their support of this very important summertime initiative.  York Region is committed to sustainability and our conservation efforts recognize that water is a valuable resource.
 
For information on local outdoor water use bylaws and water conservation tips, please visit York Region's website at www.york.ca and click on the Are you Odd? water conservation notice banner or visit the Water For Tomorrow website at www.water4tomorrow.com
 
A Media Backgrounder and Question and Answer sheet are attached.
 
Questions regarding York Region's water status may be directed to our hotline at 1-800-215-4060. 
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1237 or Cell 905 505-5775
 Email: barbara.moss@york.ca

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