Water Conservation Tips

Water Conservation reduces energy, water bills, and wears on the water distribution system. Conserve water whenever possible - contribute to an improvement in the supply for all.

  1. Make sure your taps don't drip. A dripping tap can waste 2 gallons of water each hour.

  2. Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little dye in the tank and if color shows in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak. Fixing it now will save money later because a leaking toilet can waste as much as 40,000 gallons of water in six months.

  3. Fill two half-gallon plastic bottles filled with water or bricks; place them in the toilet tank. This reduces the amount of water needed for flushing from five to four gallons per flush.

  4. Wash dishes with a basin of water instead of running water.

  5. Use a bucket instead of a hose to wash cars and water plants.

  6. Take bath or short showers.

  7. DO NOT leave the shower running when soaping or scrubbing.

  8. DO NOT let water run in the sink while shaving, brushing your teeth or lathering your face and hands. This wastes water and money.

  9. Reuse sink and laundry water (grey water) to water plants.

  10. Water your plants in the evening when there is less evaporation.

  11. Build and/or install a water tank for catchment and storage and use guttering to catch rainwater from the roof. Please contact WASCO for information on water treatment.

  12. Check your water meter when there is a supply and no water is being used. If the reading changes - you have a leak. Have it fixed.

  13. DO NOT use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the defrost setting on your microwave.

  14. If you have a pump at home, check your pump periodically. Listen to hear if the pump kicks on and off while water is NOT being used. If it does, you have a leak. Find it and repair it.

  15. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

  16. Encourage your employer to promote water conservation in the workplace. Suggest that water conservation be put in employee orientation and training programs.

  17. Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, faulty sprinklers, overflowing tanks, etc.) to the property owner, or the Water Company.

  18. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.

  19. Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

  20. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run.

  21. When filling containers, do not allow them to overflow.

  22. Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbours.

  23. Conserve water because it is the right thing to do. Don't waste water just because someone else is footing the bill, such as when you are staying at a friend, a relative, a guest house or even a hotel.


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