Water Conservation Tips
By upgrading fixtures and changing some habits, it is possible to reduce your household's water use by over 20%!
There are 3 Golden Rules of Wise Water Use
Reduce - Be aware of the amount of water you and your family use and look for ways to use less whenever possible.
Repair - Most leaks are easy to locate and inexpensive to repair. A leak of one drop per second wastes about 10,000 litres per year.
Retrofit - Install water saving devises on existing fixtures and look for water efficient appliances and devices when replacing your older fixtures or appliances.
In the Bathroom
Although small in size, they are big when it comes to water use. Your toilet alone accounts for 1/3 of the water used in your home.
In the Kitchen and Laundry Rooms
- Replace old toilets and shower heads with low-flow plumbing fixtures
- Take short showers instead of baths
- Don't keep the tap running while cleaning your teeth. Use a glass to rinse your toothbrush. Rinsing with a toothbrush under a tap wastes about 4,000 litres of water a year.
To Check a Toilet for Leaks
- Wash full loads whenever possible
- Consider a high efficiency clothes washer. It uses on average, 30% less water and 40-50% less energy
- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the faucet until the water is cool
- Look for ENERGY STAR dishwashers and washing machines
- Installation of a low flow aerator on your kitchen faucet can reduce flow by up to 50%. Standard screen aerators do not reduce flow rate.
- Sink garbage disposals waste water and add unnecessary waste to the wastewater collection system and the wastewater treatment facility. Compost fruit and vegetable peels, eggshells, coffee grounds and other appropriate wastes.
Flush the toilet and while the reservoir is still filling, add 2 or 3 drops of food colouring to the water in the reservoir. Wait 15-30 minutes. If the water in the bowl changes colours, the flapper valve needs to be replaced.
Reduce Summer Water Use
- Water early in the morning; water deeply and less often. Lawns require just 2 - 3 cm of water per week!
- Catch rainwater using a rainbarrel to re-use for the garden
- Sweep off your driveway, patio and sidewalks with a broom instead of using a hose.
- Lawns can only absorb water so fast. It's better to water for three 10 minute sessions-with each session a half hour apart-than it is to water steadily for 30 minutes and cause run-off.
- Don't over-water your lawn! Use an automatic water timer to avoid puddles and run-off.
- Water during off-peak hours (11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) to reduce water demand during the summer 'peak' season.
- Use a pail of soapy water to wash your car and rinse using a trigger hose nozzle. A garden hose left running can waste 20 litres of water per minute.