Tips to Conserve Water at Home

​​Our water is a valuable resource. Very little of the earth’s water is fresh and available for drinking. Our water comes from protected mountain watersheds north of the cities. Keep our great water for things we need like drinking and cleaning, and try not to waste it by overwatering lawns or leaving taps running.

Home Water Use

In this region we use about 270 litres per person per day, (often called the residential annual average per capita). When you factor in commercial uses (for example to grow our food, run our businesses, institutions and public facilities) the average use is about 450 litres per person per day.

The major use of water inside our homes, about a quarter, is from flushing the toilet.

 

How do you use water in your own home?

 

That’s water use inside our homes. We tend to double our water use in summer, largely due to lawn sprinkling, power-washing and other outdoor uses.

Be Waterwise

Small adjustments to everyday routines can make a big difference when it comes to conserving water indoors and outside our homes. Try these water saving tips for yourself and find more at http://www.welovewater.ca.

Be waterwise outdoors

  • Avoid watering the lawn, and meet current restrictions
  • Put leaves and bark mulch around shrubs and trees to hold in moisture
  • Water vegetable gardens in the morning, near the roots, and by hand
  • Wash cars for safety only, (windscreens, windows and headlights) using a bucket
  • Sweep driveways or decks with a broom instead of the hose
  • Install a shut-off valve on your hose so it only runs when in use

Be waterwise indoors

  • Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge, instead of running the tap 'till it cools
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes
  • Shorter showers, less often
  • Catch bath or shower water for tipping on patio planters
  • Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher
  • Install low-flow toilets as they account for a quarter of indoor water use
  • When replacing appliances, choose low-flow, high efficiency options.

Be waterwise in the garden

This summer

  • Grow Green using this locally developed water-wise garden guide
  • Pull planters into the shade to avoid the hot afternoon sun
  • Water vegetable gardens in the morning, near the roots, and by hand
  • Hand water vegetable beds deeply but less often, to encourage strong deep roots
  • Hardened soil won't let water through- break up the surface
  • Mulch key shrubs and vegetable gardens to hold moisture longer
  • Embrace the dry heat with tomatoes, basil, beans, melon, eggplant and more
  • When bean vines die off, lay them among the vegetable rows to generate shade and nutrients

Over time

  • Plant shade trees to shelter your home and garden from hot sun
  • Choose shrubs, grasses and flowers that suit our climate, including summer drought
  • Design vegetable and flower beds nearer your house;  avoid places that are hard-to-reach and water
  • Improve your soil with compost and autumn leaves so it's more nutritious and holds water better
  • Install a rain-barrel near your vegetable beds
  • Community gardener? Get together and come up with a water use plan for your plots.

 

 

 

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