Indoor Water Saving Tips

Bathroom

  • Use a garbage can for waste (facial tissue, floss) instead of the toilet.
  • Check the toilet for leaks at least twice a year. View Do You Have a Water Leak? for tips to test and repair your toilet.   
  • Install water-efficient toilets that use 4.8 litres per flush compared to the older models that use 13 to 20 litres per flush. 
  • Replace showerheads with low-flow models (Water Conservation Bylaw requires fixtures that use no greater than 9.5 litres per minute).   
  • Save water by limiting shower to the time it takes you to soap up and rinse off. 
  • Install low-flow models on all bathroom sinks (Water Conservation Bylaw requires fixtures that have a rate of water flow no greater than 8.3 litres per minute). 
  • Turn your water off while you’re brushing your teeth.

Kitchen

  • Replace dishwasher with a water-efficient model.
  • Use the dishwasher only when you have a full load or set for a shorter cycle if you must wash a smaller load. 
  • Fill kettles with the amount of water you need.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  • Limit the use of your garbage disposal as it requires a sizeable amount of water to operate properly.
  • Ensure you always have a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking, so you won’t have to let the water run to get cold water.

Laundry Room

  • Replace the washer with a newer, more water-efficient model.
  • Wash full loads of laundry.
  • If you must wash a smaller load, set the water level appropriately. 

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Last edited: November 29, 2019