August 17, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York thanks City of Vaughan residents for water conservation efforts

Water reservoirs now at safe operating levels
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York extends thanks to City of Vaughan residents who followed strict water conservation requests, allowing water reservoirs to return to safe operating levels. 
A severe storm Sunday evening caused a power failure at the Region’s Maple Pumping Station.  As a result, water reservoirs serviced by the pumping station were reduced to critically low levels. York Region staff worked closely with Power Stream and City of Vaughan staff throughout the day to ensure the system was fully operational and delivering water to the local community.
The need for conserving water has been stressed throughout the hot and dry summer.  Residents are reminded to follow their municipal water conservation bylaw which permits even-numbered houses to water on even-numbered days of the month and odd-numbered houses to water on odd-numbered days of the month.
While the heat wave continues, residents are encouraged to reduce water use by:
• Turning off automatic sprinkler systems and follow the one-inch per week rule
• Taking short showers
• Ensuring all taps are completely turned off
• Running dishwashers only when full
• Turning off tap while brushing teeth
• Testing toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of food colouring into the tank – if, after 15 minutes, colour has leaked into the bowl, replace the toilet flapper or consider replacing the toilet with a WaterSense certified toilet
• Covering pools at night to avoid evaporation
• Using a commercial carwash
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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region
                       Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1237 / Cell: 905 505-5775

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