November 20, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York continues to strongly promote water efficiency through education

Regional Council approves contract to fund program to oversee water conservation programs
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York is continuing to help keep our gardens green and water-efficient through 2012. 

York Regional Council has authorized a three-year contract to Resource Management Strategies Inc. to oversee the Region’s popular Water for Tomorrow program’s landscape audits, workshops and seminars promoting water-efficient gardening. Resident education is an integral component of the overall Water for Tomorrow program, which highlights the importance of water efficiency at home, work and school.

“Education is essential to foster change in behavior,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “The seminars and landscape audits offered through our Water for Tomorrow program attract a huge amount of interest each spring and summer.  These free programs empower our residents to make environmentally-sound decisions regarding water-use for their lawns and gardens.” 

York Region’s Water for Tomorrow program was created in 1998 to promote water conservation through education.  Since that time, it has garnered international awards and has exceeded projected water-savings.  Initiatives include installing free, low-flow shower heads in York Region homes, water conservation awareness campaigns, rebates on eligible models of low-flow toilets and spearheading a overhaul of municipal outdoor water-use bylaws.

“York Regional Council is proud of the accomplishments made by the Water for Tomorrow program,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.  “In addition to the annual landscape audits, workshops and seminars, Water for Tomorrow hosts the one-week York Children’s Water Festival, rain barrel sales events and oversees a very successful water-efficient toilet rebate program.  York Region continues to be a leader in educating our residents on the wise use of water.”

Water for Tomorrow successes include:
• More than 47.5 billion litres of water saved since 1998
• Eight prestigious awards
• More than 5,000 Grade 4 students educated annually at the York Children’s Water Festival
• 7,750 rain barrels sold to date
• 1,500 annual lawn and garden visits
• 15 water-efficient garden design workshops each year
• 7,500 water-efficient toilet rebates issued since May 2009
• Free water efficiency audits and financial incentives for switching to more water-efficient practices for business and industry
To learn more about the Water for Tomorrow program and ways to reduce your water consumption, please visit www.waterfortomorrow.ca
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca

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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region
                      Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1237 / Cell: 905 505-5775
                      Email: barbara.moss@york.ca

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