The Regional Municipality Of York


Imagine a Day Without Water

Our water infrastructure supports every facet of our daily lives

Image a day without water What would a day without water mean? It would mean no water to shower or flush the toilet, no water to drink or cook with, no water to do laundry or dishes. A single day without water service would make it impossible for doctors, firefighters and farmers to serve our communities. Our water system supports every facet of our daily lives.

On October 10, 2018, York Region is joining organizations across Canada and the United States to Imagine a Day without Water.  

Did you know that in 2017 86 billion litres of treated drinking water were purchased from the City of Toronto and Peel Region and distributed to York Region residents and businesses?

Now the good news - York Region owns and operates a $6.4 billion water and wastewater system while safeguarding our water by investing in new and maintaining existing infrastructure. From scientists to water operators, Regional staff ensure our water system is functioning and producing the best quality drinking water for our communities. Some of the other teams behind our system are:

  • A dedicated Inflow and Infiltration team focused on reducing rain or ground water from entering our sanitary sewers and overwhelming the system or our treatment plants
  • The Capital Planning and Delivery team building new infrastructure and advances major water and wastewater projects across our nine cities and towns
  • We also have an Infrastructure Asset Management team dedicated to inspecting and repairing parts of our water system in need of some “TLC.” This team keeps our infrastructure in good condition
  • The Source Water Protection team works with the province and land owners to protect our drinking water sources from contamination or over use now and into the future
  • Our Operations, Maintenance and Monitoring Team which does just that! These specialists operate, monitor and maintain our active water system 24/7, watching for critical levels and flows, dispatching resources to troubled areas before emergency scenarios occur

When it comes to wastewater the Region’s Water Resource Recovery Facilities safely treats used water, returning clean, clear water back to the environment - even during heavy rainfalls. Not sure how that happens? Here’s how:

  • York Region has two separate sewer systems;
    • Storm sewers that capture rain water and send it back to streams, rivers and ponds untreated
    • Sanitary sewers that collect and move used water (wastewater) from homes and businesses to treatment plants for cleaning before returning it back into the Lake Ontario or Lake Simcoe

So the next time you turn on the tap or flush the toilet, take a moment to imagine what that day would look like without water.

Be sure to follow York Region on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about #ImagineADayWithoutWater and York Region’s investment and dedication to maintaining our infrastructure. #Loveyr

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