How Else Can I Conserve Water?
There are so many ways to conserve water, and here are just a few of them:
- Buy a low-flow shower head ($10 - $15)
- Take shorter showers (this one saves a lot of energy too!)
- Turn the shower off while soaping or shampooing
- Install single lever controls for taps and showers. They take less time to adjust, wasting less water, and can easily be turned off and on without losing the temperature setting.
- Turn the water off when you are brushing your teeth
- Put an aerator in your sink taps
- Buy a front loading washing machine instead of a top loading one, which will use only a third as much water
- Replace old toilets with new low-flush toilets (6 litres vs. 20 litres)
- Replace old toilets with new two-button flush toilets.
Depending on the job, these toilets flush 3 or 6 litres of water. They are also available from
the Rain Barrel Project. Contact Brian Johnston at 433-7508 for info.
- Check toilets for leaks by placing food coloring in the tank. If the coloring travels into the bowl then there is a leak and the seal may have to be replaced.
- Place a 2 litre pop bottle filled with water and rocks in your existing toilet tank, to lower the water usage by 2 litres with every flush
- Water your lawn and garden only in the early morning or late evening
- Don't overwater your lawn. It will survive drought better if has not been overwatered in the past, because overwatering promotes shallow root systems that need more water.
- Get rid of your lawn and practice xeriscaping, using native species that are drought resistant and don't require watering