Media Release

July 13, 2011

The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to be water-smart during hot, dry weather

A healthy lawn requires just one inch of water a week
NEWMARKET – The remedy for a lawn turning brown isn’t to over water; in fact, over watering will do more harm than good.  The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents that lawns go into a dormant stage in hot, dry weather and require just one inch of water each week to remain healthy.
Summer outdoor water usage in York Region can more than double as residents turn their gardens into natural extensions of their homes.  It is important to keep water conservation measures in the forefront to ensure a sufficient supply of water for emergency services throughout the summer months.
York Region residents are reminded that outdoor water-use bylaws are in effect in each of our nine municipalities.  Even numbered houses may water on even numbered days, odd numbers on odd numbered days.   Watering lawns and gardens via water cans or rain barrels are exempt from the outdoor water use bylaw.
To assist residents with their water conservation efforts, Water for Tomorrow, York Region’s water conservation program, offers water-saving tips for the home, garden and business.  Residents are invited to learn more about water-efficient gardening through home landscape visits and nursery-based seminars, and rebate programs are available to owners of single-family residences within York Region installing water-efficient toilets or humidifiers.
Help conserve water in warm weather:
• Obey municipal outdoor water-use bylaws
• Consider a rain barrel as a source of water for flowers and grass
• Choose water-efficient plants to reduce the amount of watering required
• Water in the evening when there is less chance of evaporation
• Use a pool cover to reduce water loss due to evaporation
• Sweep driveways to clean it, rather than using municipally-treated drinking water
Water conservation is a year-round initiative for York Region.  Programs promoting conservation through Water for Tomorrow help save more than 22.4 million litres of water each day. 
To learn more about water conservation in York Region, please visit
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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1237 • Cell: 905-505-5775 •

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Media Contact: Michelle McEwan, Corporate Communications, York Region
  1-877-464-9675, ext. 1209 . Cell: 905-251-6412 .
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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