Water Conservation

www.waterbucket.ca - Water Conservation Information

Think Water Smart!

Water is a precious commodity and we owe it to ourselves to use this resource wisely and to minimize waste.

Tips for Saving Water Indoors

  • Install water saving showerheads
  • Take the 5-minute shower challenge
  • Don't run the water when you brush teeth, shave, wash dishes, etc.
  • Repair leaking toilets
  • Use a wastepaper basket instead of the toilet for tissues and dental floss
  • Use dishwashers and washing machines only when full
  • Fix leaky taps

Tips for Saving Water Outdoors

  • Minimize landscaping and lawn area
  • Use ornamental grasses and groundcovers
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks
  • Consider drip irrigation for individual shrubs
Water Conserving Plumbing Fixtures

If you are interested in installing water conserving plumbing fixtures, the following is a list of 'flow' specifications of some plumbing fixtures:

Plumbing Fixture
Suggested Maximum Flow

Toilet

Dual Flush (3/6 litres per flush - 1.3 gallons) or Single Flush (4 litres per flush)

Urinals

3.8 litres per cycle (0.85 gallons)

Shower Heads

9.5 litres per minute (2.15 gallons)

Lavatory & Kitchen Faucets

8.3 litres per minute (1.8 gallons)

These water-conserving fixtures are now readily available and are already mandatory in Ontario and in some BC municipalities such as Kelowna and Vernon. A Neptune water meter and remote reader that meets the Water Utilities specifications is mandatory for service.

Quick Facts
  • Of the world's freshwater supply, about one third is found underground.
  • Once evaporated, a water molecule spends about 10 days in the air.
  • Canada holds 20 per cent of the world's freshwater, but only has 7 per cent of the world's fresh renewable water.
  • On average, 6 per cent of Canada's urban population live in municipalities that do not provide sewage treatment.
  • Water consumption usually drops 18-25 per cent after a water meter is installed.
  • Toilets (while consuming nearly one quarter of our municipal water supply) use over 40% more water than needed.
  • Many homes lose more water from leaky taps than they need for cooking and drinking.
  • Residential indoor water use in Canada: toilet - 30 per cent, bathing and showering - 35 per cent, laundry - 20 per cent, kitchen and drinking - 10 per cent, cleaning - 5 per cent.
  • Water uses and consumption: toilet flush - 15-20L, shower (10 min.) - 100L, tub bath - 60L, automatic dishwashing - 40L, dishwashing by hand - 35L, hand washing - 8L, brushing teeth - 10L, outdoor watering - 35L/min., washing machine - 225L.