Water Conservation Tips
Conserving water is simple and easy. You can save water and save money by changing how you use water on a daily basis. Below are some simple tips and ideas that can help you to reduce your water consumption:
- Turn off your tap while you bruch your teeth or shaving
- Reduce the time you spend in the shower, even by just a minute or two.
- If you're having a bath, bathe in only a couple of centimetres of water instead of filling the tub.
- Reduce toilet flushing.
- Install low-flow shower heads, low-flow or ultra low-flow toilets.
- Instead of rinsing fruits and vegetables under running water, wash them in a partially-filled sink.
- Replace old dishwashers with one that conserves water, like an Energy-Star.
- Wash clothes only when there is a full load.
- Replace old washers with one that conserves water, like an Energy-Star.
- Install a rain barrel to use for watering plants or gardens.
- Consider drip or trickle irrigation systems.
- Water Lawns in the early morning or late evening, and avoid watering during the middle of the day when temperatures are highest.
- Check your hose for leaks or blockages.
- Choose an efficient irrigation system.
- Install a shut-off nozzle on your water hose.
- Use a broom instead of a hose or pressure washer to remove debris from your driveway or sidewalk.
- Use mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.
- Allow your grass to grow slightly taller to promote water retention in the soil. Don't cut your grass shorter than 6-8 cm.
- Don't water your lawn excessively as it can promote the growth of fungus and cause your lawn to yellow. Established lawns generally require about 2.5cm (1 inch) of water per week to thrive. If this amount of rainfall is provided then your lawn will thrive without supplemental watering.
For more tips on water conservation visit the SaskWater website.