March 19, 2008
Media Release

York Region celebrates World Water Day

Celebration supports 2008 United Nations International Year of Sanitation

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York joins communities around the world in celebrating World Water Day on Sunday, March 22nd.  World Water Day is a unique occasion to encourage water sustainability activities worldwide.
 
This year’s theme supports the United Nations declaration of 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation.  It focuses on providing secure drinking water supplies and basic sanitation facilities worldwide. 
 
Clean and safe water is a necessity for life.  However, four out of 10 people in the world do not have access to basic sanitation facilities, and two out of 10 do not have access to a source of safe drinking water.
 
Residents in York Region can help to preserve local drinking water by following these simple tips:
 
• Test your private well three times per year and inspect it annually
• Avoid pouring household chemicals down the drain
• Reduce or eliminate pesticides and other chemicals used on your lawn
• Pick up after your pets and observe local stoop-and-scoop by-laws
 
World Water Day coincides with the first day of spring and the launch of York Region public health’s annual private well water testing program. 
 
This program encourages residents or cottage owners who have a private well for drinking water to test their water three times a year on the first day of spring, summer and fall.  
 
For more information on World Water Day, please visit www.worldwaterday.org
 
For more information on private well water testing or any other health-related topic, contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell 905 716-2717
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.caMarch 19, 2008

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