Did you know that the average Canadian uses approximately 329 litres of water per day, more than twice as much as the average European? (Source: Environment Canada) Or that only 1% of the Earth’s water is considered clean enough for drinking? Here are some helpful tips to not only help conserve water, but to also keep our waters pure!
- While fun for playing, hoses and water sprinklers waste large amounts of water unnecessarily. Instead, take a dip in your community pool or set a time limit for how long you run through the sprinkler.
- Learn to reuse and recycle: don’t pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it, such as watering plants or cleaning.
- More water is used in the bathroom than any other place in the home. To save water, turn off the faucet when brushing teeth or washing hands and make sure the drain stopper is up before turning the faucet on when taking a bath. Also, try to bathe in a partially-filled tub.
- Take shorter showers. Set goals and time yourself.
- Be aware of what goes down the drain. Harmful chemicals in cleaning solutions can contaminate groundwater systems, harming animals and even other people.
- Do little things such as using biodegradable shampoos and soaps and buying rechargeable batteries (leaking mercury from used batteries can contaminate water systems). Look for environmentally-friendly products, pesticides and fertilizers that won’t damage groundwater.
- If you spot a leak in a faucet or if your toilet is running, tell someone. Fixing leaks can save around 75 litres of water per day.
- Water flowers or run the sprinkler in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid evaporation.
- Your pets count on you to provide them with water. On hot days, and even on cold ones, make sure that your dog, cat, hamster or other pets have access to fresh water daily.