Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

Water conservation or water use efficiency is important to community sustainability for a number of reasons:

  • Economic impacts of constructing and operating the water utility, and the influence of these impacts on affordability;
  • Assurance that water supplies will be available for many purposes - drinking, hygiene, landscaping, food production, firefighting; and
  • Environmental effects from water withdrawal, and energy consumption/greenhouse gas emissions from system operation.
Home water saving tips
  • Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge instead of running the tap
  • Insulate your water pipes so hot water is more readily available
  • Avoid pouring water down the drain - use it to water plants or fill your pet's dish
  • Installing a low-flow kitchen faucet to save up to 10 L per minute
  • Only run your dishwasher or washing machine when it is full
  • If washing dishes by hand, fill the sink rather than let the water run freely
  • Keep showers to five minutes or less
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily—tissues, wipes, and hygiene products belong in the wastebin
  • Repairing a leaky toilet can save 100 L per day
  • Installing an ultra-low flow toilet can save up to 15 L per flush

Outdoor water saving tips

Lawn

  • Lawns only need about 2.5 cm (1 in.) of water per week. A deep soaking will encourage roots to grow deep
  • Shorter daily watering will result in shallow roots and weaker grass
  • Cut your grass to 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 in.) tall to provide shade for roots and to help prevent evaporation
  • Grasscycle by leaving the clippings on the lawn. This will help with water retention and provide your lawn with nutrients

Irrigation

  • Check for leaks in pipes, faucets, and hoses
  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended
  • Consider installing irrigation devices such as micro and drip irrigation, soaker hoses, and sprinklers with timing devices
  • Always use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle when watering plants or washing your car
  • Ensure that sprinklers are watering vegetation, not driveways and sidewalks
  • Consider utilizing 'smart' technology, climate or soil based controllers that evaluate weather or soil moisture conditions and then adjust the irrigation schedule to meet the specific needs of your landscape
  • Install a rain shutoff switch, these inexpensive devices can be retrofitted to almost any system and will prevent your system from turning on while it's raining

Garden

  • Minimize lawn area by using ground covers other than grass
  • Select drought-tolerant flora and group according to their water needs
  • Use mulch to retain moisture and reduce weed growth
  • Use rain barrels to collect rain water for outdoor plant use

Other Tips

  • Avoid ornamental water features (such as fountains) and free-flowing water toys
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new, water-saving pool filter
  • Cover your swimming pool to reduce evaporation
  • Sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead of spraying it with a hose

Kamloops Centre for Water Quality

Did you know that the Kamloops Centre for Water Quality (KCWQ) uses innovative membrane filtration technology to provide high quality drinking water to residents and visitors? 

Learn more about the KCWQ process.