July 7, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to water wisely during hot summer months

Demand for municipal water doubles in warm weather
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York Water for Tomorrow program reminds residents to water wisely when demand on water reserves is greatest.

“We all have a responsibility to be conscious of the amount of water we’re using in and outside of our homes,” said York Region Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “The forecast for this summer is hot, dry weather.  It’s imperative that we stress the message of conservation now in order to ensure our water requirements for essential services such as fire fighting can be met.”

During the summer months, water consumption can more than double as interest in lawns and gardens peaks.  Not only is this a drain on water reserves, it also increases the energy required to treat and pump water from the source to homes.

Now through September, annual outdoor water use bylaws are in effect in all of York Region’s municipalities.   While there is some variance among the municipalities as to time of day allowed for watering, all allow even-numbered houses to water on even-numbered days and odd-numbered houses to water on odd-numbered days.  Newly planted trees and shrubs may be watered for 24 hours after planting.   Watering cans may be used at anytime as is the use of water captured in a rain barrel.

Following the local bylaw and only watering when needed will help prevent watering restrictions should excessive outdoor water use deplete water supplies to the point where emergency services are affected.

Keep your lawn and garden green with the following tips:
• Use a rain gauge to measure rainfall and watering
• Brown lawns can spring back to life with a  minimum amount of water 
• Remember that the one-inch once-a-week rule (including rainfall) applies to lawns that are already well established; new grass seed and sod will require one inch of water two to three times per week for the first three weeks
• Grow drought-tolerant plants
• Water wisely - water lawns and gardens when evaporation is least likely to occur, such as before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
• Use the right kind of sprinkler; sprinklers shooting low to the ground are superior to oscillating sprinklers that lose much of their water to evaporation and wind drift before it ever hits the lawn
• Turn off automatic sprinkler systems and follow the one inch per week rule
“Watering needs to be done in moderation,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee. 
 “Everyone loves a beautiful garden and green grass.  The Water for Tomorrow program shows residents how this can be achieved while using a minimum amount of water.”

For water-saving tips both in and around the home, plus information on local watering bylaws, please visit the Water for Tomorrow website at 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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