Conserving water today not only helps ensure future generations have access to clean and safe drinking water, but it also saves you money on your water bill. Please see the list below for tips on how to help save water inside and outside.
Check for Leaks
Did you know that the majority of residential leaks can be traced back to a leaky toilet?
Check and repair leaky toilets and leaky faucets as soon as possible to help conserve water and save money. For more information on leaky toilets, please see the two-page information booklet about how to take a leaky toilet test and fix a leaky toilet yourself.
In Your Home
|Keep a jug of chilled drinking water in your refrigerator rather than running the tap to get cold water.|
|Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of running water in the sink. Reuse the wash water for watering plants.|
|Only run dish washers and washing machines when they are full.|
|When hand washing dishes, fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water instead of letting the water run from the tap.|
|Scrape plates into the compost bin rather than rinsing the food off of dishes.|
|Check toilets for leaks every six months.|
|Use high-efficiency shower heads and faucets.|
|Turn off your water while brushing your teeth or shaving.|
In Your Yard
|Only mow your grass when it's needed, taller grass shades the soil which helps it retain moisture.|
|Leave grass clippings on your lawn. Grass clippings are 85 per cent water which helps keep moisture in your cut grass and reduces the need to water.|
|Use a rain barrel to collect rain water and reuse it to irrigate your lawn or plants.|
|Check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks and repairs.|
|Set up your sprinklers so they only water the grass instead of the sidewalk, street or your home.|
|Choose water-saving containers for your potted plants to help keep water in the pot and don't need to water your plants as often.|
|Water your lawn infrequently and in the morning to help prevent evaporation.|