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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Conserving Water

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Why do we need to conserve water? 

We all know water is essential, but too many of us think it's unlimited -especially in Canada, where we use more water per capita than anywhere else in the world - except the United States. The reality is that fresh water is a finite resource that is becoming scarce. While water is constantly being recycled through the Earth's water cycle, people are using up our planet's fresh water faster than it can be replenished.

A warming climate is drying up our lakes and rivers. In Saskatchewan, as demand grows for expanding irrigation, communities and industrial use, so too does the risk of contamination. The easiest, most cost-effective and powerful thing we can do to protect and preserve water is learn to use less. 

 

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What are the benefits?

Using water wisely will save you and money on your water and energy bills and will help to extend the life of existing supply and wastewater facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can make a difference!

What can you do?

Here are several easy ways you can start saving water and money right now.  

  • Install a low-flow showerhead and take shorter showers.
  • Install faucet aerators and remember to turn off the tap when you're brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Install a low-flush toilet.
  • Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge rather than running the tap and waiting for cold water.
  • Only run the dishwasher when there's a full load.
  • Wait until there's a large load to run the washing machine and invest in a front-load model. Front load washing machines have a large load size capacity and use approximately half the water of a conventional machine.
  • Check your taps for leaks. A leak of only one drop per second wastes about 10,000 litres of water a year - enough to fill 85 bathtubs!
  • Water your lawn in the morning after the dew has dried. Use a rain barrel instead of the tap - it's cheaper and your grass and plants prefer it! You can make your yard less thirsty with xeriscaping.
  • Wash your car with a sponge and bucket rather than a hose or pressure washer.
  • Use a broom to clean your driveway instead of spraying it with water. It's good for the environment and your body!

 



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