Water is a valuable resource. Consumers are asked to not waste it. There are many ways to reduce the amount of water used on a daily basis.
Tips for Effective Water Conservation
- When washing a car, use soap and water from a bucket. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle for the final rinse only.
- Do not use water to wash a driveway or sidewalk. Sweep it with a broom.
- Locate lawn sprinklers so only the lawn is being watered, and water is not sprayed onto the sidewalk or street.
- Water lawns and gardens during the cool time of day, in the morning or the evening.
- Do not apply more than 1 inch (25 mm) of water to a lawn per week.
- Landscape with plants that are native to the area, and can tolerate to drought conditions.
- Check the toilet for leaks and do not use them for garbage disposal.
- Use a high efficiency showerhead, and limit shower times to five minutes.
- Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.
- Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater, and use that water for flower beds and gardens.
Rain barrels are available at the Town's Operations Centre at 500 C Line.
Using free rain water to water flower beds and gardens reduces the amount of water that has to be pumped from the wells and saves the consumer money. The rain barrels are designed to collect fresh rain water from the roof of the house. They have screen to keep leaves out of them, and they are compact, lightweight, and easy to install.
The cost of a rain barrel is $40, including GST. For more information, or to purchase a rain barrel, please call 519-941-0440 Ext. 4520.