March 18, 2009
Media Release

York Region encourages residents to celebrate World Water Day by helping to preserve local drinking water


NEWMARKET
– On Sunday, March 22nd, The Regional Municipality of York joins communities around the globe in celebrating World Water Day. 
 
World Water Day is an international day of observance and action to draw attention to the plight of the more than one billion people world wide that lack access to clean, safe drinking water.  The theme of this year’s campaign is Shared Water – Shared Opportunities.
Nearly 40 per cent of the world’s population lives in river and lake basins shared by two or more countries. With every country seeking to satisfy its water needs from limited water resources, it is important to nurture the opportunities for cooperation that trans-boundary water management can provide.
Closer to home, residents in York Region can help to preserve local drinking water by following these simple tips:
 
• Test your private well water three times per year and inspect your well 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
 
For more information on World Water Day, please visit www.worldwaterday.org
 
For a complete list of other quick tips on water use and efficiency, please visit www.waterfortomorrow.com
 
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 / After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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