Water Wise Tips

Tip #1

Think twice before flushing items like diapers, dental floss, towels, plastic items of any kind, cigarette butts and hair down your toilet. Flushing these items can result in costly backups on your own property, or problems at your local wastewater treatment plant.

Tip #2

Some chemicals found in household cleaners can be harmful to your health and to fish and aquatic life. To find out which substances to avoid, and how to create your own environmentally-friendly alternatives at home, visit: www.toxicbreakup.ca

Tip #3

Raise your lawn mower blade to cut grass no lower than 3 inches. The longer grass blade will shade the soil, reducing moisture loss. Long grass also helps feed the roots, reducing the need for it to quickly re-grow (which requires more water!).

Tip #4

Water your lawn in the early morning to reduce loss by evaporation. Flat sprinklers are better than oscillating sprinklers, which can lose up to 50% of the water they disperse through evaporation.

Tip #5

Newer model front-loading clothes washers use 35 to 50 % less water and 30 % less energy than standard washers. Take water-efficiency one step further and install a dual-flush toilet that uses 6 litres of water to flush solid waste and only 4 litres for liquid waste.

Tip #6

Never put fats, oils and grease (FOG) from food waste down the drain. When these substances enter our wastewater they can clog pipes, deplete oxygen in the marine environment, and are costly for municipalities to remove.

Tip #7

Water your lawn thoroughly once per week rather than lightly at a greater frequency. Watering no more than 2.5 cm once per week is all that most lawns need to be healthy. To find out if you’ve watered it enough, put an empty tuna can on the lawn when your sprinkler is on. When it's full, you’ll know your lawn has all the water it needs.

Tip #8

Install an inexpensive shower timer (for example, an hourglass or hand-crank spring timer) in the shower to help you monitor and reduce your shower time.

Tip #9

Choose water-efficient plants that don’t need much extra watering, if any, after the first year in your garden. On days when it has rained, water your lawn less and turn off your automatic irrigation system if you have one. You might even consider a “golden” brown lawn for the summer and not water it at all!

Tip #10

Take a ‘sailor shower’ - turn off the water while soaping and shampooing, then rinse off quickly.