Excessive water use can affect emergency services

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to obey municipal outdoor water bylaws during the current heat wave and all summer long.

Excessive use of municipal water sources can drain reserves, putting emergency services, such as firefighting, at risk.

York Region’s nine municipalities have an outdoor water use bylaw, stipulating even-numbered houses may water on even days, odd-numbered houses may water on odd days. Exceptions are in place for newly-laid sod and residents are encouraged to visit their municipality’s website for complete details.

Unless otherwise stated, the outdoor water use bylaws are in effect from May 15 to September 30.

York Region’s Water for Tomorrow program oversees a number of water conservation initiatives throughout the year and provides advice and incentives to help you save water and money.

To help your lawn thrive this summer, Water for Tomorrow offers these tips:

  • Brown lawns can spring back to life with just one inch of water each week (including rainfall)
  • Use a rain gauge to measure rainfall and watering
  • Watering before 9 a.m. is best as loss to evaporation will be at a minimum
  • Use the right kind of sprinkler; those that shoot low to the ground are far superior to the oscillating fan type of sprinklers that lose much of their water to evaporation and wind drift before it ever hits the lawn
  • Remember the one inch  per week rule 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

For information about saving water both inside and outside the home, as well as information about local watering bylaws, please visit www.waterfortomorrow.ca