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Save us from water scarcity

By Petrina D'Souza, 26 May, 2016

    A few easy tips to help homeowners conserve water and also save money on their water bill


    While Canadians get ready for the warm sunny days, one cannot forget the discomforting issues that come along with the beautiful weather. Namely, heat, dryness, dehydration and most importantly, water scarcity. Let’s understand the situation – water is a necessity during summer, we tend to use and overuse it, and this leads to water shortage.

    So why not start preparing for this crucial need right away? A few changes in your daily life can ensure smoother and hydrated days ahead.

    “It is critical that we act as responsible stewards of our environment. Conserving on many levels is important and saving water is no different. There are many ways to save water without compromising our day-to-day lives,” assures Adam Findlay, Senior Marketing Manager at Pfister, manufacturers of innovative and eco-friendly faucets.

    Findlay provides a few easy tips to help homeowners conserve water and also save money on their water bill.


    Make use of rainwater:Making good use of your rainwater is responsible. Collect rainwater and use it to water plants. Using a rain barrel to collect rain water for irrigation purposes during drier timesis environmentally and financially-smart, and will significantly help water usage. Nothing saves on a water bill like using what nature provides for free.

    Many Canadians are guilty of over watering their lawns. Paying attention to weather conditions (rainfall/drought) and watering only when necessary can help water conservation. Also, washing your car in the driveway can use far more water than a commercial car wash. Using common sense outdoors is key.



    Keep drinking water in the fridge:Running the tap to get cold drinking water is both time-consuming and wasteful. Consider storing drinking water in the fridge so when you go looking for a cool drink it is readily available.

    Reconsider how you do your dishes:Wash your dishes in a half full sink and only use the dishwasher for full loads. A partial load can use the same amount of water, but you will be washing more often and wasting both energy and water.



    Install a new toilet:Your old toilet is flushing money down the drain. Your toilet can be one of the largest water-consuming items in your house, so update it and go with a smaller version. Toilets can be installed fairly easily and can make a very significant impact on your water consumption. Go with a new model that uses less water to flush or one that has two flushing modes. Dual flush and low flush toilets are readily available and perform as well as the older-style toilets that can use three times the water per flush.  



    Use an eco-friendly showerhead:Installing an eco-friendly showerhead is an inexpensive way to automatically reduce the amount of water you use in the shower. A lower l/m (litre per minute) showerhead can help greatly with water conservation.Modern eco-friendly showerheads don’t compromise performance so there’s no need to fear a weak water flow. It’s also worthwhile to consider avoiding baths, as they use much more water than a typical shower.

    The practise of saving water doesn’t need to be limited to just the summer season. Findlay agrees, “Water saving measures can be taken year round. Forming responsible habits is something that we can all undertake.”
    Try out these water-saving ideas for a great and refreshing summer!