During the summer nearly half of all treated water is sprayed
onto lawns and gardens (Environment Canada).
Water Saving Tips
Lawn & Garden
- Let your lawn grow a bit longer. A 3-inch lawn is healthier and requires less water.
- Use a water timer. A forgotten sprinkler can waste over 25 gallons of water per hour.
- Mulch your garden and save up to 73% of water lost through evaporation. Mulching helps keep weeds from growing too.
- Drip irrigation systems are great for saving water because less is lost to evaporation.
- Use a rain gauge to detect when your lawn or garden has had enough water. One inch a week should be plenty if you're mulching.
- Water deeply and less often to encourage deeper root growth so plants can withstand drying of the surface soil.
- Water in the early morning or late evening when it's cooler and less windy.
- Place your sprinkler so you're not watering driveways, sidewalks or patios.
- If you live in a dry or semi-arid climate, choose plants that require less water. This is called xeriscaping, and as consumer awareness continues to grow, nurseries and seed houses are offering more and more attractive varieties of drought-resistant plants to choose from.
- Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge so you don't have to run the tap waiting for the water to get cold.
- Wash fruit and veggies in a sink half full (approx. 3 gallons) of water rather than under running water. A running tap can use up to 5 gallons of water per minute.
- A dishwasher can use 8 to 10 gallons per wash so wait until it's full to run it.
- Most newer dishwashers don't require rinsing the dishes before putting them in. If you must rinse, put the plug in your sink and run only 2 or 3 inches of water for rinsing.
- Look for the Energy Star label when buying a new washing machine. You'll use less water and energy per load.
- Front loading washing machines use 40% less water than top loading washing machines.
Bathroom & Toilet
- Replace an older toilet with a 1.6 gallon flush or a dual flush model and save up to 2 gallons per flush (about 9,000 gallons per year for the average family of four).
- Fix leaking or running toilets. A leaking toilet can waste up to 4,000 gallons per year.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
- Install a low-flow shower head. You'll not only save water, but you'll save on water-heating too. Older style shower heads can use up to 6 gallons per minute.
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean walkways and driveways.