ReThink Water: Enjoy. Conserve. Protect.

Halton Region provides residents with access to safe, high-quality drinking water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Halton has 12 water treatment plants across the region that provide over 500,000 residents with 62 billion litres of drinking water each year. This water is carefully monitored and tested to ensure it is safe when it reaches your home, school or business.

As our population continues to grow, Halton Region is investing in upgrades and expansions to our water systems and treatment facilities to ensure water is available whenever you need it.

Residents are encouraged to ReThink water, too – Halton offers resources and services to make it easy for you to enjoy, conserve and protect water. Below are some examples:

  • Some Halton residents rely on private wells as their primary source of drinking water. If you are one of these households, remember to test your water at least three times per year. Halton makes it easy by providing free well water sample bottles and convenient sample drop off depots across the region. For more information, visit halton.ca/wellwater.
  • Protect source water and Regional infrastructure by putting waste in its place. Please do not put household hazardous waste, personal care items or pharmaceuticals down the drain or in rivers, lakes or streams. Visit halton.ca/putwasteinitsplace to use our online tool to find out how to properly dispose of your waste.
  • Halton Region’s annual rain barrel sale is back for another year. ReThink water and purchase a rain barrel at one of our sale events. Visit halton.ca/rainbarrels for dates and locations.

Water quality and reliability will always be a top priority for Halton Region. Together, we can ensure water is safe and available for the over 200,000 households and businesses across the region and keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more about how Halton is providing reliable and safe drinking water and what you can do, visit halton.ca/rethinkwater.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Halton celebrates the grand opening of the Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant

Halton Region is committed to the health and safety of our residents by investing in quality infrastructure. The expansion and upgrade of the Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant will enable us to continue to further enhance the protection of the natural environment.

6In celebration of the grand opening of the plant, MP Karina Gould and MPP Eleanor McMahon joined us on November 7 to tour the state-of-the-art tertiary building and to see the plant upgrades in person.

At a cost of almost $160 million, the Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion is the largest capital project undertaken to date by Halton Region. Funding for this project was provided by all three levels of government – the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and Halton Region – as part of the Green Infrastructure Fund.

2Regional Council was instrumental in advocating the funding for this project, which resulted in the single largest investment in municipal infrastructure by the federal and provincial governments in Halton Region’s almost 40-year history. We are very excited to say that plant upgrades and expansions are now complete.

The Skyway expansion will:

  • expand the capacity of the plant, allowing the Region to safely treat higher volumes of wastewater from the City of Burlington and the west side of Oakville;
  • improve  the water quality in Hamilton Harbour; and
  • manage increased water flows during storms and extreme weather.

9Although the Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion has been Halton’s largest capital project to date, we are maintaining, upgrading and expanding the wastewater collection and treatment system across Halton Region, as part of the Building a Better Halton initiative.

High quality infrastructure projects, including the Skyway Plant expansion, are one of the reasons Halton is such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Rain barrel sales help residents conserve water

rainbarrelHalton is committed to providing residents and visitors with safe, high-quality drinking water to enjoy and use. We encourage people to ReThink Water through efforts to protect our natural environment and make water conservation a part of their everyday lives. As part of region-wide water conservation efforts, starting Saturday, May 7, we will once again be offering rain barrels for sale at events throughout Halton.

Using rain barrels diverts water from your home’s downspout and catches it for use on gardens and potted plants. Using the water from one full rain barrel saves 240L of water, which is more than the average Halton resident uses in one day.

Rain barrels are available for purchase either in person at the truckload sales events or online directly at any time.

Sale dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Robert C. Austin Operations Centre
    11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown
  • Saturday, May 14, 2016
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Mapleview Mall (lower parking lot by The Bay)
    900 Maple Avenue, Burlington
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Milton GO Train Station parking lot
    780 Main Street East (west of Thompson Road), Milton
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Halton Regional Centre (Parking lots A, B and C. Enter off North Service Road)
    1151 Bronte Road, Oakville

A few reminders:

  • Barrels are $45 each, including tax.
  • Walk-up customers at truckload sales are limited to one barrel per household, cash only. (No limit if purchasing online.)
  • Proof of Halton residence will be required.

To learn more about Halton’s water services and programs, rain barrel sales program and tips on water conservation, please visit halton.ca/water. By working together we can make a difference and ensure Halton remains a great and sustainable place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

ReThink Water this summer

Halton is proud to provide our residents with access to high-quality tap water. The Region has a variety of programs and services in place to help protect and conserve our water resources and ensure that water is safe when it reaches your home, school or business.

Our water purification plants, source water protection plans and well water monitoring programs monitor the quality and provide protection of Halton’s drinking water systems 365 days a year. Initiatives like the toilet rebate program, the annual rain barrel truckload sales and the Household Guide to Water Efficiency help engage residents in water conservation to ensure the community can enjoy a safe reliable supply of tap water both now and in the future.

This summer, residents are asked to ReThink Water and make water efficiency an important part of your daily life. With the arrival of warmer weather, be mindful of your outdoor water use to ensure there is always sufficient water supply for essential use and emergency services like firefighting.

Water conservation is very important during the summer months, especially in residential areas supported by municipal well-based systems. Residents are asked to use water efficiently by not overwatering lawns or watering just before, during or after rainfall, sweep or rake driveways rather than using a hose, use a pool cover, and ensure any irrigation systems are operating efficiently. Halton’s Outdoor Water Use program consists of a numeric colour-coded system which indicates the extent of any restrictions on outdoor water use

The Outdoor Water use program considers different factors such as water demand, water storage levels, stream flow and groundwater levels and weather patterns. The three levels of the program include:

LEVEL 1 (Blue) – Careful Use

  • Voluntary odd/even lawn watering between 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. & 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.:
    • Properties with odd address numbers water on odd numbered calendar days
    • Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days
  • Car washing and watering of trees, shrubs and gardens is allowed.
  • Although level one is voluntary, resident cooperation to reduce regular outdoor water use is important.

LEVEL 2 (Yellow) – Limited Use

  • Mandatory odd/even lawn watering between 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. & 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.:
    • Properties with odd address numbers water on odd numbered calendar days
    • Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days
  • Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens should be done using a hand-held device such as a watering can.

LEVEL 3 (Red) – Stop Use

  • No outdoor lawn watering or car washing is permitted in order to conserve water for emergency and essential services.
  • Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens can be done using a hand-held device following the odd/even watering rule.

Halton Region is committed to working together with our residents and community partners to protect our natural resources to ensure we can meet our needs today and in the future. This summer, re-think your water use by using it as wisely and efficiently as possible.

If you would like to learn more about Halton’s water, tips on how to conserve, or to check the current water restriction level, please visit halton.ca/water or dial 311.

Happy Holidays from Halton Region!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season!

On behalf of Regional Council and staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas, a happy New Year and a wonderful holiday season!

December is one of my favourite months. It’s the time of year to get together with family and friends, celebrate the season, give back to our community and be thankful for all we have.

If you are staying in town, there is so much to do around Halton. Take the opportunity to discover Halton and experience the things that make it such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Over the holidays, all essential services and Halton Region facilities will remain available, including water and wastewater services, waste collection, road operations, public health, paramedic services and social and community services. Some public facilities will be closed during the holidays. For more information about holiday hours at our public facilities, visit halton.ca/closures. If you require assistance with a Regional service during the holidays dial 311, visit halton.ca, or submit a service request at halton.ca/311.

May this season bring peace, prosperity and joy to you and your loved ones. From my family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook.

Halton’s water is too good to waste – do your part to save by reducing your outdoor water use

Water consumption can double over the summer months due to the increase in seasonal activities such as lawn watering and car washing. While Halton Region considers sustainability in all we do, we can’t do it alone. This summer think twice before turning on your hose in order to reduce your outdoor water use.

By following some simple tips you can make a big difference in the amount of water used across the Region this summer.

  • Adjust your sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  • Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
  • Install a rain shut-off device on your automatic sprinklers to eliminate unnecessary watering.
  • Use a broom to sweep your driveway instead of washing it with your hose.

Residents are also asked to conserve water by following Halton’s Outdoor Water Use program. The program is based on a three level, colour-coded system that considers water demand, water storage levels, groundwater levels and weather patterns:

LEVEL 1 (Blue) – Careful Use

  • Voluntary odd/even lawn watering between 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. & 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

– Properties with odd address numbers water on odd numbered calendar days
– Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days
– Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days

  • Although level one is voluntary, resident cooperation to reduce regular outdoor water use is important.

 LEVEL 2 (Yellow) – Limited Use

  • Mandatory odd/even lawn watering between 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. & 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.:

– Properties with odd address numbers water on odd numbered calendar days
– Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days
– Properties with even address numbers water on even numbered calendar days

  • Use a hand-held device such as a watering can.to water trees, shrubs and gardens.

LEVEL 3 (Red) – Stop Use

  • No outdoor lawn watering or car washing is permitted in order to conserve water for emergency and essential services.
  • Watering of trees, shrubs and gardens can be done using a hand-held device following the odd/even watering rule.

For more tips on how to reduce your outdoor water use and to sign up to receive an email alert when water restrictions are in effect visit halton.ca/savewater.

Working together, we can meet our water needs today and tomorrow and keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Halton Region rain barrel truckload sales start May 24

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Halton Region will host the first of four rain barrel truckload
sales events this year, as part of Halton’s water efficiency program to help encourage wise outdoor water use. Halton residents can purchase a rain barrel at a cost of $39.95, cash only, at any of the four truckload sales events. New this year, residents now have the option to pre-pay online before each rain barrel sales event and can also arrange for home delivery (at an additional cost), directly through the rain barrel supplier.

By diverting water from a downspout into a rain barrel, residents are able to catch rain rain barrel 2014water and store it for future use to water their garden, flowers and shrubs.   Water conservation is very important during summer months when water consumption can double due to the increase in outdoor activities such as filling pools and watering lawns. Since the first Halton Region rain barrel truckload sales in 2009, nearly 20,000 rain barrels have been sold, which at full use have the potential to save a combined total of up to 3.8 million litres of tap water.

The rain barrel truckload sales will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are scheduled at the following locations:

  • Saturday, May 24, 2014 (9 a.m. 1 p.m.)
    Halton Regional Centre (parking lot “A” – enter at North Service Road)
    1151 Bronte Road, Oakville view map
  • Saturday, May 31, 2014 (9 a.m. 1 p.m.)
    Robert C. Austin Operations Centre
    11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown view map
  • Saturday, June 7, 2014 (9 a.m. 1 p.m.)
    Milton GO Station Parking Lot
    780 Main Street East, Milton (Main Street, west of Thompson Road, across from the Superstore) view map
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014 (9 a.m. 1 p.m.)
    Mapleview Mall (Lower parking lot by The Bay)
    900 Maple Avenue, Burlington view map

For more information on the rain barrel sales events dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/rainbarrels. For more information about Halton’s water efficiency and conservation program, please visit www.halton.ca/waterconservation.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”