Water Conservation Tips

In Ontario, the greatest water uses in an average home are:

  • Toilet (45%)
  • Showers (30%)
  • Laundry (20%)
  • Drinking and cooking (5%)

In the summer, water usage increases drastically to accommodate lawn and garden watering.

Rain barrel - Conserving Water tips, Conservation Sudbury

Here are some tips and tricks to help households reduce their water consumption.

Reduce - be aware of your water use, and consider ways to use less

  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth or washing your hands.
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap to get cold water.
  • Wash your fruit and vegetables in a pan instead of running water from the tap.
  • Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up 550 litres per week.
  • Cut grass to a higher level (5-8cm). Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
  • Avoid children’s recreational water toys that requires a constant flow of water; consider a small kiddy pool instead.
  • Water vegetable gardens in the morning or evening, near the roots, and by hand.

Repair - locate and repair leaks to save water, money and to prevent potentially costly property damage

  • Check for toilet leaks; add a few drops of food colouring into the toilet tanks and wait a few minutes. If, without flushing, the colour appears in the bowl, you have a leak.
  • Check for leaks in pipes and fittings; a leak of only one drop per second wastes up to 10,000 L of water annually.

Retrofit - install water saving devices on existing on existing fixtures and select water efficient devices when replacing older, water guzzling fixtures and appliances

  • Low flow shower head can save up to 7.5 liters of water per minute.
  • Faucet aerator can reduce water use by 25%.
  • Older toilets use about 20L per flush. Consider installing a low-flow toilet which uses only 6L.

Information provided from Quinte Conservation.