Water Conservation Tips


Showers/Baths

  • A family of four can save 160,000 litres of water or more a year by installing low flow showerheads. Older showerheads have flow rates as high as 20 litres per minute while newer ones use between 5.6 and 9.5 litres per minute – half the water and energy!
  • Recycle unused water. While waiting for hot water to flow, catch the cool water in a bucket. Use it later to water your plants or pets.
  • Take a 5 minute shower instead of a bath, or reduce your bath water by just 2 inches.

Toilets

  • Toilets are one of the biggest water users in homes with 24% of household water getting flushed away!
  • Do not use the toilet as a garbage can. Tissues and other items can be thrown in the trash can saving you 1000 litres of water per year.
  • Dye Test
    1. Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank of the toilet(s) in the late evening
    2. Let the coloring sit overnight
    3. If color appears in the bowl by morning, you have a leak.

Watering

  • The average lawn and/or garden only needs 5 centimeters of waters per week, including rain. Longer, infrequent watering will help develop deeper, healthier roots.
  • Consider Watering the lawn and/or garden early in the morning to avoid water being lost to evaporation.
  • Make sure your sprinkler is aimed at your lawn and not the sidewalk, driveway, or road.
  • Aerate your lawn regularly and use mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.
  • Use a rain barrel to collect water for your plants and shrubs.