Try these indoor water conservation tips and you will begin to see the savings:
Take shorter showers.
Plug the drain before you start to fill the tub. Plugging the drain first prevents wasting water.
Invest in an ultra-low flush (ULF) toilet. Using only six litres per flush, it can reduce your water consumption by 20 to 30 per cent. Check out www.regionofwaterloo.ca to learn more about low-flush toilets and rebates you may be eligible for.
Use the load selector on your washing machine. It will match the water level to the size of your laundry load. If you don't have a load selector, only wash full loads.
Keep a container of cold water in the fridge. That way you won't have to run the water until it gets cold when you're thirsty for a cool drink.
Look Out for Leaks
No matter how committed you are to water conservation, if you have a leak you are wasting water. To avoid surprisingly high costs on your next water bill, inspect for potential leaks in your toilets and faucets. The faster you find and repair leaks, the less they will cost you in the long run.
Check Your Toilets
You can test your toilet for leaks in two ways:
1. Quick check
Look at the water level in the water tank.
The water level should be ½ inch (1.25 cm) below the top of the intake to the toilet.
If the water level is higher, your float is set too high and needs to be adjusted.
2. Slow leak
Mark the water level in the water tank with a pencil.
Turn off the intake water supply valve located behind the toilet bowl.
Wait at least an hour (make sure no one flushes the toilet during this time).
If the water level has dropped, you have a slow leak and need to check the condition of your flapper valve.
Save Water Outside
Outdoor watering is one of the major causes of water supply depletion in our region. Consider these tips when using water outside:
Water in the early morning or late in the evening. According to the region's lawn watering by-law, this watering process allows plants to absorb the water fully.
Use mulch. It helps the soil retain moisture and reduces the need for frequent watering.
Cover swimming pools when not in use to limit the amount of water from evaporating.
Use a bucket and sponge to wash and rinse your vehicles.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways.
Use a low-rise sprinkler head and avoid watering sidewalks and driveways.
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