Be aware of the amount of water you and your family use and look for ways to use
less whenever possible.
Most leaks are easy to locate and inexpensive to repair. A leak of one drop per
second wastes about 10,000 litres per year.
Install water saving devices on existing fixtures and look for water efficient
appliances and devices when replacing your older fixtures or appliances.
- Bathrooms may be small in size, but they’re big when it comes to water use. Your toilet alone accounts for 1/3 of the water used in your home. Update your toilet to a low flush toilet and save water and energy. Toilet leaks can be silent (put a drop or two of food colouring in the back of the tank - if it seeps into the bowl there’s a leak that needs to be fixed).
- Don’t keep the tap running while brushing your teeth. Use a glass to rinse your toothbrush. Rinsing with a toothbrush under a tap wastes about 4000 litres of water a year.
- A typical bath uses approximately 100 litres of hot water, while a 5-minute shower with an efficient showerhead will use about half of that, and will pay for itself in as little as four months. While you are waiting for hot water fill a pitcher with the water and use it to water your plants.
Laundry Room Tips
- Wait until you have a full load of laundry before running the machine to save both water and energy. Consider a high efficiency washer. It uses on average, 30% less water and 40-50% less energy.
- Only run your dishwasher when it is full to make the best use of water.
- 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 food wastes.
- 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.
- Fix leaks in your hose and replace worn out washers. Winterize your outdoor taps to prevent them from leaking or bursting in cold weather.
- 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.
- Report water leaks or broken pipes to your local provider.