The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Residents reminded to conserve water in Durham Region

WHITBY, ON June 28, 2016

Residents using Durham Region’s municipal water supply are asked to help maintain the water levels by conserving water and observing odd-even day lawn watering.

“We’ve had a very dry couple of months, and our water plants are seeing higher output levels than usual,” says John Presta, Director of Environmental Services. “In order to ensure an adequate supply of water is maintained throughout the summer, we want to remind residents about the importance of water conservation. If we continue to experience a hot, dry summer, we may have to consider mandatory water restrictions.”

Under the Regional Water System By-law 89-2003, odd-even day lawn watering is mandatory from May through September. Odd-even day lawn watering means you should water only on odd calendar days if your home address is an odd number or, if your home address is even, then water only on even calendar days. Observing this by-law will help to decrease the amount of water consumed each summer.

Residents can also conserve water by only watering grass when necessary. A healthy lawn requires 2.5 centimetres (or one inch) of water per week, including rainfall. For more water conservation tips, visit, or call the Region of Durham’s Technical Support Division at 905-668-7711 (toll-free 1-800-372-1102).

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