Media Release

May 29, 2012

The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to conserve water this summer

One inch of water a week is all your lawn needs to keep it looking green
NEWMARKET - With the warm weather upon us, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to follow their municipality’s outdoor water use bylaws and to conserve water.

“Water conservation is an ongoing initiative to ensure York Region remains a community with a healthy, self-sufficient environment,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “The Region is always looking at ways to protect and conserve water and how residents can help ??" now and into the future.”

One easy way to conserve water is to avoid over-watering. A healthy lawn doesn’t need to be watered every day ??" one inch of water a week is all it takes to keep your lawn looking vibrant and fresh.

If you need to water, follow your municipal bylaw. The time of day allowed for watering differs among the municipalities, but all allow even-numbered houses to water on even-numbered days and odd-numbered houses to water on odd-numbered days.

You can still keep your lawn and garden looking great by following these tips:

• Water grass in the early morning when the sun is lowest to avoid evaporation
• Use a rain gauge to measure rainfall and monitor watering
• Choose a sprinkler that shoots low to the ground to avoid wind drift
• Consider using a rain barrel as a water source for your garden instead of tap water

“Great summer weather means a higher demand on municipal water supplies which could affect emergency services such as fire fighting,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee. “We want residents to enjoy the sunshine, but to remember that water conservation is also an important part of summer.”

Water conservation initiatives are run year-round through York Region’s Water for Tomorrow program. More tips about how to save water both inside and outside the home, as well as information about local watering bylaws, can be found on the Water for Tomorrow website at

York Region residents wishing to learn more about their local bylaws are encouraged to visit their municipality’s website and to visit 
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Media Contact: Laura Kucharchuk, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1207 / Cell: 289-221-4074

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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