Program for Saving Drinking Water
Did you know it is possible to reduce water flow from your faucets by 25%? Water diffusers provide sufficient output to fill a glass or rinse a toothbrush while saving a significant amount of water.
Before starting the dishwasher, make sure it is filled to maximum capacity.
Instead of running water every time, fill a pitcher and keep it in the refrigerator. Your water will be even colder, and you will get rid of the chlorine after-taste.
Adjust the appropriate water level when using your washing machine according to the size of your load. If your washing machine does not have a water level selector, then opt for larger loads.
Turn off the water faucet when shaving or brushing your teeth and you will save up to 8 liters of water each time. By taking this extra step, you will save up to 6000 liters a year.
Batteries should not be considered as ordinary waste. They contain mercury and lead. Household cleaners contain poisons that contaminate water. Always use the region’s domestic hazardous recovery sites in your area. (Déchets domestiques dangereux).
Want to make a good impression after a meal? Instead of using a garburator that uses 4 liters of water per minute, compost instead! This will provide a good fertilizer for your garden.
To prevent water loss during splashing, fill your pool up to 15 centimeters from the edge.
Still thinking that recycled paper does not save trees? Recycled paper reduces water pollution by 35% when making paper. Over 26, 500 liters of water are required to produce one ton of paper!
A garden hose runs 1000 liters of water an hour which is the equivalent of one person having drinking water for three years. Does your lawn need to be watered every day?
Your toilet is not a trash can; don’t throw garbage into it. Household cleaning products, paints, solvents, pesticides and other chemical products can be harmful to the environment. Wasting drinking water is wasting money. A message from Réseau Environnement.
We can reduce our use of potable water by simple every day habits. A typical faucet delivers about 13.5 liters of water per minute. Simply by shutting off the faucet when brushing your teeth will save over 6000 liters of water a year.
Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator or the microwave rather than under running hot water from the faucet.
Reduce your use of toxic chemical products for your lawn and gardening. These products will contaminate water and sooner or later municipal water sources.
Cover your pool with a solar blanket. Not only will you keep water temperature at a respectable level, you will also prevent water evaporation and keep your pool clean.
Did you know that every day, we need more than 60 million cubic meters of water to meet our electricity needs in Canada? Reducing energy consumption also means saving water.
Insulate your hot water pipes; you will waste less water getting your desired water temperature. A message from RÉSEAU environnement.
In times of drought, mow your lawn to 6 to 7 cm (2 to 3 inches). Taller grass retains more water. You can leave grass clippings on your lawn making it more resistant to drought while acting as a fertilizer.
When washing your vehicle, do not waste water by running your hose. Use a bucket of water and soap. When rinsing, use your hose for a quick final rinse saving you 300 liters of water.
A leak from your faucet that can fill a cup in 10 minutes will waste 8000 liters of water a year. To test your toilet for leakage, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 15 minutes. If color is seeping into the bowl, then your tank is losing water.
Do you have an aquarium? Reuse aquarium water to water your plants. The fish emulsion is rich in nitrogen and phosphorous making it a great fertilizer.
Use phosphate free detergents. Phosphates promote algae growth and reduce the amount of oxygen in our lakes, marshes and streams.
RÉSEAU Environnement wants to remind you that your lawn goes dormant in July. Not only should you not fertilize during that period, but you should limit watering. Remember that 85% of landscaping issues are caused by overwatering.
Not sure if your lawn needs watering? Use a soil moisture indicator available at your local garden centre.
Do you use an automatic water sprinkling system? Avoid using it on rainy days.
To save water while preparing your vegetables, use a brush to clean them in the sink instead of just running water over them.
Saving water does not mean a drastic change in your lifestyle. It simply means being smarter about water use.
Did you know that it is generally recommended to water your lawn only one a week? By soaking the soil well, the roots will be forced to grow deeper making your lawn healthier.
Place mulch around trees and plants to help retain water. This will not only save water but will prevent weeds from taking over.
When hand washing dishes, do not let water run. Use two sinks, one for washing and the other for rinsing. A bowl filled with hot water can also be used for rinsing.
Do you have long hair and spend a lot of time washing your hair in the shower? Some shower heads allow you to cut off water supply while shampooing and still maintain water temperature.
Harvesting rain water in barrels is another efficient way to save water that can be applied to your gardening needs.