Water Conservation Tips

Indoor Conservation Tips

In The Kitchen

  • Fill up your dishwasher before running a cleaning cycle.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Put a plug in the sink when running water to wash fruits and veggies or for rinsing dishes.
  • Avoid using running water to defrost frozen food. Allow it to defrost overnight in the refrigerator or use your microwave to defrost food straight from the freezer.
  • Check that all taps are turned off properly.
  • Keep a water jug or bottle in your fridge instead of running the tap cold to get a cool drink of water.
  • Use a pressure cooker, microwave, or steamer to save water. Simmer rather than boil your food and use tight lids to prevent evaporation.
  • Water used to cook boiled food can be re-used in soups or casseroles – or let it cool down and use it to water your garden.
  • Your plants will appreciate food scraps added to the compost heap! A lot of water is wasted running a waste disposal unit.

In The Bathroom

  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Have showers instead of baths and keep your shower short.
  • Don’t use the toilet to flush items such as tissues or anything else that should go in the trash can.
  • Check your toilet for leaks.

In The Laundry

  • Make sure you do a full load or use the water filling guide depending on the amount of washing.
  • Front-load washing machines use 50% less water than top loaders.

Outdoor Conservation Tips

In The Garden

  • Collect water in drums or tanks from roof runoff.
  • Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning.
  • Don’t water on windy days: much of the water will evaporate and/or go where you don’t need it.
  • Check the forecast - if there's rain ahead, let it water for you.
  • Check your garden hose and taps regularly for leaks and use a trigger nozzle on the hose to reduce water loss.
  • Use recycled water (also known as grey water) that you have collected in your home to water your garden.
  • Use a trigger hose to water the garden, not a sprinkler, to control where and how much water is used. Also, aim for the roots, not the leaves.
  • Plant drought-resistant species in your garden.
    • Native plants require less water than exotic plants.

The Lawns

  • Do not worry about the lawn drying out over the summer as it will rejuvenate naturally with cooler and wetter weather.
  • Do not water your lawn on windy days.
  • Wash your car on the lawn so your lawn gets watered too.
  • Don’t cut the lawns too short. Lawns with more grass blades will hold water and require less irrigation.

The Outdoors

  • Don't hose the dirt off your driveway, use a broom instead.
  • Use a bucket to wash the house or windows.
  • Make sure you check for leaks consistently and repair them if necessary.