With the arrival of warmer weather, The Regional Municipality of York is encouraging residents to be conscious of their outdoor water use.
During the summer, outdoor water demand across the Region can more than double. This demand on supply results in increased energy usage to treat and pump water from lakes and groundwater and puts a strain on municipal water supplies. This can adversely affect emergency responses such as fighting fires.
Working with the nine local municipalities, York Region wants to reduce excessive outdoor water use by providing individuals with practical water conservation tips including:
- Adhering to local Outdoor Water Use By laws
- Positioning sprinklers to ensure only the lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street
- Putting sprinklers on a timer
- Installing covers on pools and hot tubs and checking for leaks around pumps and fittings
- Using a broom rather than hose to clean driveways and sidewalks
- Adjusting lawnmower blades to a higher setting – longer grass shades roots and holds moisture better than if it is closely clipped
- Using a rain barrel to collect water for plants
For more information on York Region’s water conservation initiatives, local municipal bylaws or to learn how to conserve water in and around the home visit: