As no surprise to anyone living in many parts of southern Ontario, it’s been dry. So dry in fact, the Lower Trent Conservation watershed region is faced with Level 2 low water conditions. This means residents are asked to voluntarily use 20% less water than normal. With the hot, dry months of July and August ahead of us, everyone should anticipate the drought-like conditions could continue through the summer. With this challenge facing the watershed, here are some useful tips you can use in your home to do your part and conserve the water we do have.
- Invest in water efficient appliance systems for your house. Many low flow systems (toilets, shower heads, washing machines, etc.) cut water consumption (and your water bill) by nearly 40% and pay for themselves after just a few months.
- Only run your dish washer or washing machine when they are full. Consider using the shortest cycle setting option if available.
- It is advised not to water lawns or gardens when a drought is in effect.
- If you must water, do so only once a week in the early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation. Only 2 centimeters of water a week is a sufficient amount (TIP: keep an empty container under the sprinkler as a measuring tool).
- Rain barrels are great ways of capturing rain runoff (the small amount we are getting). This is an ideal source to draw from for watering.
Taps & Toilets:
- Repairing leaky taps and toilets can save water…and money.
- Check toilets for leaks by adding blue food colouring to the tank. Wait 15 minutes. If the water in the bowl turns blue, there is a leak.
- Replacing the rubber “o” ring or washers in tap can usually repair dripping faucets.
- Add aerators to taps and faucets and use nearly 50% less water.
- Take shorter showers. Taking a 5 minute instead of 10 minute shower saves about 40 liters of water.
- When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the tap when water is not needed.
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