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  • Turn the water off while you're brushing your teeth. 
  • Remember the toilet is not a trash can. Throw tissues, insects and other trash in the wastebasket, not the toilet. 
  • Fill kettles only to the depth required. 
  • Check for toilet leaks by putting a little food colouring in the tank. If the colour begins appearing in the bowl after a few minutes even without flushing, your toilet has a leak. Repair it immediately! 
  • Fix dripping faucets. 
  • Limit your use of the garbage disposal as it requires a sizeable amount of water to operate properly. 
  • Never pour grease or oil down a drain. 
  • Be aware of and follow all water conservation and water shortage rules in effect in our community.
  • Ensure you always have a full load, or adjust the water level to suit your clothes washer and dishwasher loads. 


  • Install low-flush toilets in your home.
  • Catch clean water from your kitchen faucet by keeping a small tub or bowl in the sink. Use this water on your houseplants.
  • Store a pitcher of water in the refrigerator for drinking so you won't have to let the faucet run to get cold water.
  • Use a small pan of water to wash, peel or clean vegetables rather than letting the water run.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods.
  • Don't rinse dishes before loading them into your dishwasher.


  • When buying a new washing machine, choose one that is water efficient.
  • Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. You can make a difference!
  • When eating out, encourage restaurants to serve water only on request.
  • Verify that your home is leak free.
  • Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster.
  • Encourage your school, employer and neighbours to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.
  • Save water by limiting your shower to the time it takes you to soap up, wash down and rinse off.
  • Install water-saving shower heads.
  • Cook food in as little water as possible.

Water saving products

Consider installing water-saving products, with a WaterSenseTM label. Check these tip sheets and learn how to:

The WaterSense label indicates that a product saves water and meets strict performance criteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the WaterSense program in 2006. WaterSense-labeled products are certified to use at least 20 percent less water, save energy, and perform as well as or better than regular models.

Every drop counts!

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Last updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
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