Water Conservation TipsWater Conservation Tips<div class="ExternalClass4C91BE7B09084D43ADE1633277167F8C"><p>​When we asked people if they love their water (through public opinion research across the region), the response came back as resounding ‘Yes!’. When we asked if they use it wisely, the answers came back, ‘Sort of.’, ‘I think so.’ and ‘I’d like to...’. And when we asked how we could all use a little less, and care a little more we heard, ‘I am willing, but show me how’. </p><p>We’ve posted tips for indoor and outdoor water conservation tips at the new <a href="/welovewater/outdoor-tips" target="_blank">We Love Water site</a>. Click on a tip you like, and screen pops us with a graphic, colourful message and water-friendly tip set up for you to share instantly on facebook, or twitter. Not on social media? There’s the opportunity to state your preference, and ‘heart’ the tips you like best. Here are some current favourites. </p><ul><li>A family of four runs about 300 loads of laundry per year. Make sure you’re running full (but not crammed) loads in the washing machine. Running half-loads uses twice the water.</li><li>Instead of running the tap until the water cools, keep a pitcher of cold drinking water on standby in the fridge.</li><li>Find out how you use water in your home and learn simple tips that conserve water and energy with the Alliance for Water Efficiency's <a href="http://www.home-water-works.org/calculator" target="_blank">Water Calculator</a></li><li>Use a soaker hose to water deeply. Soaker hoses have tiny holes that deliver water slowly to the roots of plants, reducing water runoff.</li><li>Leave grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. Leaving clippings to decompose reduces evaporation, allowing you to water your lawn less.</li><li>Use a broom instead of a hose. Sweep driveways, decks, patios and sidewalks with a broom instead of using a hose. That 15-minute job could use 675 litres of water.</li></ul><p>Responsible for the lawn? Visit our new <a href="/services/water/water-conservation/waterwise-lawn-care/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">waterwise lawn care and maintenance</a> pages, supported by nurseries, landscapers and local gardening personality Brian Minter. </p><p>Refreshing your garden? Visit the <a href="http://www.growgreenguide.ca/?utm_source=newsletter47&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Grow Green Guide website</a>, supported by the UBC Botanical Garden. Inspiring designs, plants and tips to create beautiful waterwise, pollinator friendly, low maintenance displays. </p><p>You’ll also hear our new We Love Water campaign on the radio, and when you tune into Kristi Gordon’s weather forecasts at Global Television through the summer. </p><p>If you want to use a little less, and show you care a little more, find tips at <a href="/welovewater/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">welovewater.ca</a></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue22-welovewater.jpg2016-07-28T07:00:00ZGP0|#2d395db4-59c2-4bcd-8cf3-118afd214b4e;L0|#02d395db4-59c2-4bcd-8cf3-118afd214b4e|Issue 23;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassF695BE5FB63B4BF998D11FEBA7A99F53"><p>​With warmer temperatures it's time to look at how we are using our drinking water. The <em>We Love Water</em> campaign does just that, offering facts on how we use water and tips to use a little less. </p></div>0