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.”

 

 

Farewell to Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works

Halton Region’s Commissioner of Public Works, Mitch Zamojc, is retiring after nearly six years of service to Halton residents.

Commissioner Zamojc joined Halton Region as the Commissioner of Public Works in 2008 after serving the public for more than 28 years including 12 years as Commissioner at the Region of Peel.

Under his leadership, numerous infrastructure plans and strategies for the future have been completed, as well as a number of big projects—everything from bridges, large diameter water mains and water storage tanks to wastewater plant upgrades—and the largest investment in roads Halton Region has ever made.

During Commissioner Zamojc’s tenure:

  • Master Plans for waste, transportation, water and wastewater have been updated to ensure requirements are clearly identified to meet Halton’s needs in the future.
  • Several major capital works projects have also been completed including the Sixteen Mile Creek Bridge on Dundas Street in Oakville, a second water feed to Milton, a new elevated water storage tank in Halton Hills, as well as upgrades to the Oakville Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • A number of innovative initiatives were implemented including the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for water and wastewater services and a customer service initiative through social media for Waste Management.  Commissioner Zamojc also led staff in achieving Halton’s solid waste diversion target of 60 per cent.

Commissioner Zamojc has been a valued member of the Region’s Management Committee and a real champion for both innovation and exemplary customer service. On behalf of Regional Council, staff and Halton residents, I would like to thank Commissioner Zamojc for his commitment to Halton Region.

The recruitment process to replace Commissioner Zamojc is underway. His last day at Halton Region will be April 11, 2014.

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.”

 

Meeting Halton’s Infrastructure Needs Today and Tomorrow

Planned, predictable provincial funding for schools, hospitals and our transportation network is required to ensure we can meet the growth requirements set out in the Provincial Places to Grow Plan. Long term investments from other levels of government are required to ensure funding is in place for required infrastructure. We have new schools that open only to require portables a year or two later; hospitals with capacity issues; and transportation networks that are congested slowing the movement of people and goods.  If we are going to meet the needs that will be required with a population of 780,000 by 2031, we are going to have to do better.

Transportation continues to be the number one issue of importance to Halton residents.  At Halton Region we have been planning ahead and making strategic investments so that our Regional road network can meet the needs of today and tomorrow.  Halton’s capital budget for Regional roads to ease congestion and improve safety has increased from $50 million in 2006 to $289 million in 2013. This is the biggest investment in roads ever for Halton Region.  We are investing billions of dollars to upgrade wastewater and water plants and to improve our road network.  We have a plan in place and now call upon other levels of government to commit to how they will support us to ensure the proper infrastructure is in place to support the growth they require.

Metrolinx has indicated that improvements to GO service for Milton, Georgetown and the Lakeshore GO line identified in the Metrolinx Plan, The Big Move, will be delayed.  The delay to these improvements will only further exacerbate our transportation issues in Halton.  Improvements to Highway 401 through Halton are also required to reduce congestion and improve productivity for businesses throughout the Greater Toronto Area as the highway’s capacity has not kept pace with growth.  These are all issues that Halton Region continues to advocate for on your behalf to the Provincial Government.

Halton Region has created a series of position papers that highlight our advocacy efforts on behalf of Halton residents.  Learn more about our Advocating for a Strong Halton campaign.  You can also view my recent video blog, Investing in Infrastructure to Ensure a High Quality of Life for Today and Tomorrow, to learn more about the planning and investments we are making to address infrastructure needs in Halton.

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.”

Holiday Closure – 311 services available

On behalf of Regional Council and staff, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and aholiday closure safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Halton Region’s administrative offices are closed for the holidays as of December 23 at 4:30 p.m. and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

All essential services will remain available during this time. Essential services include:

If you need help with a Regional service during the holidays, please dial 311. Dialing 311 also gives you access to other Halton Government Services including Local Municipal Services, Halton School Boards, and non-emergency Police services in more than 170 languages. Did you know that 311 services are also available online at 311halton.ca. Through 311 online you can pay a parking ticket, find a Regional or municipal service, sign up for cold alerts, apply for a job, report a collision or missed waste collection and more. 

From my family to yours, I would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and holiday. All the best for a healthy 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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”