Water Conservation

Meaningful, long-term water conservation is all about developing good water use habits. Habits that once established require very little thought or effort. And as the following video explains, water conservation in British Columbia (and Alberta) is more important than ever.

These water conservation facts and tips can help you cut your water consumption—to save you money and reduce your impact on the environment.

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According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadians use approximately 251 litres of water per person, per day, distributed in the following ways.

Water Use at Home - Canada

conservation outdoor

Using Less Outdoors

Check for Leaks
Outside spigots, hoses, and irrigation systems should be checked regularly for leaks.
fix spigots
irrigation Irrigation
Water lawns only when needed, in the early morning hours, and not on windy days.
Set lawn mower blades higher, as longer grass means less evaporation.
raise lawnmowers
weed gardens Weeding
Weed lawns and gardens regularly as weeds compete with other plants for water.
Efficient Watering
Water as close to plant roots as possible, and use mulch around trees and plants.
water roots
plant native Go Native
Choose native plants or those well-adapted to your climate zone.
Old Tech
Collect water in a rain barrel for use on indoor and outdoor plants.
collect rainwater
cover pools Swimming Pools
Cover swimming pools when not in use.
Car Washing
Wash cars with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose.
sponge car wash
use broom Sweeping Up
Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
conservation indoor

Using Less Indoors

Check for Leaks
Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets, and replace old fixtures with low-use models.
fix taps
short showers Shower Habits
Taking even slightly shorter showers can result in big savings over time.
Save it Up
Only run dishwashers and washing machines when they’re full.
fill washers
handwash dishes Kitchen Clean-up
If washing dishes by hand, use two basins rather than letting the water run.
Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or microwave instead of running water.
microwave defrost
3Ps of Flushing The 3Ps of Flushing
Never use the toilet as a wastebasket. Remember the 3Ps: Pee, Poo, and Paper (toilet paper that is).