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City of Mississauga Open for Business While Conserving Electricity

Aug 18, 2003

MISSISSAUGA, ON - The City of Mississauga will continue to be open for business during the Province of Ontario's energy conservation advisory, however, City staff have implemented significant energy saving actions.

"Many of our services, in addition to fire and emergency services, offer a great deal of support to our residents and businesses," said City Manager Dave O'Brien. "Many parents depend on our summer programs to take care of their children while they are at work, and many businesses rely on our support to conduct their daily business activities. For these reasons, we believe that we should be open and will remain open for the balance of the week unless some extenuating circumstance causes us to cut back our services."

The City's current energy reduction measures in all City buildings and facilities include:
? maintaining air conditioning at 25.5 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit);
? curtailing interior lighting and excess signage lighting; and,
? reverting to emergency lighting after regular business hours.

According to Enersource Hydro Mississauga, there is a possibility that rotating power outages will affect residential homes and businesses for short periods of time throughout the next few days. As a result, residents and businesses are urged to conserve energy during this time. This includes minimal use of power for lighting and equipment, and reduced use of air conditioning and appliances like dishwashers and dryers during peak periods.

In addition to energy conservation, the City asks everyone to conserve water as part of the Region of Peel's one-week mandatory outdoor water ban and refrain from all outdoor water activities, specifically watering lawns and washing cars.

Please monitor the media and our City web site at www.mississauga.ca for further updates.
Mississauga is a distinct major Canadian city. As Canada's sixth largest city, it is considered a municipal leader in fiscal responsibility, technology and urban development. Mississauga provides its citizens with state-of-the-art facilities and programs and is recognized as the safest city in Canada to live, work and play.

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