Water is essential. We use it to cook, to clean, and to keep our lawns and gardens green. It's in the products we use and we use it for many different purposes each day. That adds up to a lot of water and it's surprising how much of it is wasted unnecessarily. Thankfully, there are small steps each of us can take to use water more wisely, both inside and outside our home. In fact, by following the three rules of water conservation – reduce, repair, and retrofit – we can cut our water use in half.
Click on the images below for tips to help you reduce your water use in different areas around your home.
10% of the water we use is in the kitchen. By making a few small changes to your cooking, cleaning, washing and drinking habits, you can significantly reduce your water use.
Doing laundry accounts for about 20% of the water we consume at home. There are many easy steps you can take in the laundry room to cut the amount of water you use.
About 65% of our total indoor home water use occurs in our bathrooms, and toilets are the single greatest water users. Making small changes in your bathroom habits can reduce your water use substantially.
When summer arrives and it's time to water the lawn and wash the car, household water use can increase by 50% or more! Watering and washing wisely can save water without comprising your landscape or look.
Shortening your showers could save up to 300 bathtubs of water a year! Order your free† Go Blue water timer to help you get started.
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Tips source: Water Conservation Tips, Environment Canada, 2007. Reproduced with the permission of the Department, 2008.