May 31, 2011
Media Release

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

Please adhere to local municipal outdoor water use bylaws
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NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to conserve water this summer by adhering to local outdoor water use bylaws.

“Weather forecasts predict an exceptional summer and historically, great weather translates to the demand on municipal water supplies almost doubling,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This could lead to emergency services, including fire fighting, being affected.  We want our residents to enjoy the great weather while remembering that water conservation is an important part of summer.”

In order to ensure a sufficient supply of water for regular demand and emergency services, each municipality has adopted an outdoor water use bylaw.  These bylaws stipulate even-number houses may water on even-numbered days and odd-number houses may water on odd-number days.  Residents are encouraged to visit their local municipal website or www.york.ca for full details, including exceptions made for newly-placed sod.

In the event that municipal water levels deplete to the point where emergency services are at risk of being affected, a water ban may be instituted, prohibiting all outdoor water use. 

Keep your lawn and garden green with the following tips:
 
• Turn off automatic sprinkler systems as lawns need just 1.5 to 2.5 centimetres of water each week
• Use a rain gauge to measure rainfall and watering
• Grow drought-tolerant plants
• Brown lawns can spring back to life with a  minimum amount of water 
• Choose a sprinkler shooting low to the ground to avoid wind drift
• New grass seed and sod will require one inch of water two to three times per week for the first three weeks
• Water wisely ??" water lawns and gardens when evaporation is least likely to occur, such as before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m

“The outdoor water use bylaw is in place to promote water conservation and ensure that emergency services are able to protect York Region residents,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee.  “Residents can still enjoy having a green thumb; the Region has programs available to help residents learn how to create a beautiful garden in the most water-efficient way.”

Water conservation is a year-round initiative of York Region’s Water for Tomorrow program.  Projects implemented by Water for Tomorrow, such as home garden visits, water-efficient fixture rebates and rain barrel promotions, help save more than 22.4 million litres of water each day. 

To learn more about water conservation in York Region, 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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