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Save Water & Save Money

Bathroom tap dripping waterIn one year, a leak of just one drop a second will send about 10,000 litres of water down the drain… about the same amount of water you need to have 105 showers each lasting 10 minutes!

There are many ways to check for water leaks in your home. The majority of leaks, dripping taps and wasted water originate in your bathroom, so you should check the fixtures and taps in this room first.

You can also save water and save money by changing how you use water on a daily basis.

If you are unsure of how to check or repair the fixtures or taps in your home, consult a plumber.

Tips for conserving water in your home

Bathroom:

  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving; only use water when you need to rinse.
  • Reduce the time you spend in the shower, even if it is just a minute or two.
  • Turn off the shower when you are shampooing.
  • If you use the tub, bathe in only a couple of centimetres of water instead of a full tub.
  • Reduce toilet flushing.

Kitchen:

  • Use the dishwasher only when there is a full load.
  • Do not pre-rinse dishes; most modern dishwashers do not require this step.
  • When washing by hand, use a basin to rinse dishes instead of using running water.
  • Pour yourself a drink of cold water from a refrigerated pitcher instead of running the tap.
  • Wash fruits in vegetables in a partially-filled sink instead of rinsing them under running water.

Laundry room:

  • Wash clothes when there is a full load only.

Outdoors:

  • Water lawns in the early morning or later evening in 20 minute intervals.
  • Use a broom instead of your hose to remove debris from your driveway or sidewalk.
  • Bathe your pets outdoors in areas that need water.
  • Install a shut-off nozzle on your water hose; a garden hose left running can waste up to 20 litres per minute.
  • Direct downspouts towards shrubs and trees in your garden.
  • Use mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.
  • Allow your grass to grow slightly taller to promote water retention in the soil.
  • However, the most important water saving tip is to regularly check for leaks around your home. A leaking toilet or faucet can cost you hundreds of dollars a year.