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.

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.”

 

 

Chair’s Corner: Q3 Accomplishments

Fiscal Responsibility

AAA credit rating reaffirmed

On July 25, Standard and Poor’s affirmed its highest credit rating, AAA for Halton. This marks the 23rd consecutive year that Halton has maintained the highest rating of AAA.  Standard and Poor’s has also attached a stable outlook to this rating indicating its confidence that Halton will continue to demonstrate strong budgetary performance.

Budget directions meeting in July
On July 10, Regional Council set 2014 budget directions, supporting a tax increase at or below 1.5%. Regional staff are working to prepare the 2014 Budget and Business Plan, which will be discussed at the budget review committee on December 9 and will go to Regional Council on December 11 for final approval.

Attracting & Retaining Jobs

Successful Summer Company program

Eleven Halton students participated in Summer Company, a provincially funded program which helps students aged 15 to 29 start and grow their own businesses. Summer Company provides participants with up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to start and operate their own business. Halton Region’s Small Business Centre coordinates the program in Halton for the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment and delivers it with the help of volunteer business advisors from the community.

Promoting Tourism

Summer Wonderful Photo Contest

Halton Tourism held a summer wonderful photo contest celebrating summer which received approximately 50 entries.  A selection of entries was posted on Halton Tourism’s social media channels, Pinterest and Facebook, helping to promote the many beautiful attractions here in Halton Region.

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More than 4,000 students expected to attend the 2013 Halton Children’s Water Festival

The eighth annual Halton Children’s Water Festival gets underway this week. Running from September 24 to 27, the festival is expected to welcome more than 4,000 Halton students in grades two to five to their outdoor classroom at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton.Picture1

The four-day event educates children about water, one of the world’s most precious resources. Since the festival began, approximately 25,500 elementary school students have had the opportunity to become environmental stewards while learning about water and the value of protecting and preserving it.

The Festival is co-hosted by Conservation Halton and Halton Region in partnership with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, The City of Burlington, The Town of Halton Hills, The Town of Milton and The Town of Oakville. This year, I once again have the pleasure of serving as one of the Festival’s Honorary Co-Chairs along with Conservation Halton Chairman John Vice.New Image

We are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh water in our region and it is important that we continue to protect and conserve it. Educating youth through events like the Water Festival is a critical step towards increasing awareness about the importance of the environment.

Students attending the Festival this year will have a unique opportunity to learn about water in a fun and interactive way that covers various Ontario curriculum requirements. The festival features 59 hands-on activities that incorporate four water-related themes, including:

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Water Conservation and Protection
  • Water Health and Safety
  • Water and Society

 I’d like to thank the partners and sponsors of the Children’s Water Festival as well as the more than 150 volunteers who assist with various activities each day. Without their dedication and support this annual learning opportunity would not be possible.

To learn more about the Halton Children’s Water Festival, please visit www.hcwf.ca.

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, on Facebook or on LinkedIn. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Outdoor Water Use Program

In Halton Region we are very fortunate to be located near one of the world’s largest fresh water sources – Lake Ontario. While it may seem that we have an abundance of water at our finger tips, it is still critical to be mindful of our water use especially in the summer months.

Water conservation is very important during the summer when water consumption can double due to the increase in outdoor water use from activities such as lawn watering and car washing. 

While we have been fortunate this year to have experienced some rainfall with our hot temperatures, there are still several more weeks of summer to go. Halton Region is asking residents to continue being mindful of outdoor water use to ensure there is enough water for essential and emergency services like firefighting.

One simple thing residents can do to help conserve water around the house is to follow Halton’s water restriction levels when they are in place. Halton’s Outdoor Water Use Program consists of a three level, numeric, colour-coded system that considers factors, including 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
  • 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
  • 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.

All Halton municipalities are currently under a Blue, LEVEL 1 water restriction. Residents are asked to be mindful of their outdoor water use by following the odd/even watering rule to help prevent entering into mandatory water restrictions.

Environmental protection and the conservation of water is a key initiative in Halton Region’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan.  By working together, we can all make a difference in order to reduce water consumption.

To learn more about the Outdoor Water Use Program dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/waterconservation.

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.”