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News Release

Outdoor water use ban during inspection of Newtonville Standpipe

WHITBY, ON May 21, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to advise residents and businesses that mandatory water restrictions, banning all outdoor water use, will be in effect beginning Monday, May 25 until Monday, June 1 for municipal water supply users in Newcastle Village and Newtonville, in the Municipality of Clarington. These restrictions are required while staff inspect the Newtonville Standpipe (a water storage facility).

The outdoor water use ban is necessary to maintain adequate water levels to deal with emergencies, including fire protection. Residents and businesses are requested to immediately discontinue all non-essential outdoor water use. Examples of non-essential water use include cleaning driveways or decks, washing cars and lawn watering.

"This is a mandatory outdoor water use ban, and because the Newcastle Village water supply system is connected to the Newtonville Standpipe, we're asking residents of Newcastle Village to conserve as well," says John Presta, Director of Environmental Services. "The inspection of the standpipe is necessary to ensure the water storage infrastructure remains in the best condition to provide service excellence to our valued customers. Special efforts are being made to maintain essential water service during this program; however some customers may experience pressure fluctuations."

The Region of Durham regrets any inconvenience that this may cause and thanks customers for their co-operation. For water conservation tips please visit www.durham.ca/waterconservation, or call the Region of Durham's Technical Support Division at 905-668-7711 (toll-free 1-800-372-1102).

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