On average we use 240 liters of water per person per day. There are many benefits to water efficiency including reduced energy bills. Here are some simple tips to help conserve water at home.
Inside Home Tips
- Replace old bathroom fixtures (showerhead, faucets).
- Check for home leaks (toilet, sinks, faucets).
- Replace old washing machines for high-efficiency models.
- Only run your dishwasher when you have a full load. Dishwashers use large volumes of water, about 60 liters of water per load.
- Only run washing machine with full loads or on eco mode. Washing machines use anywhere between 100-200 litres of water per load.
- Reduce your shower time and if bathing reduce bath water by 5 centimeters (2 inches).
- Recycle unused water. While waiting for hot water to flow when preparing for a shower, catch the cool water in a bucket. This water can be used later for plants, pets or cleaning.
- Reduce the number of times you flush your toilet with multiple uses before flushing. Unnecessary flushing of the toilet even once a day can waste up to 1,000 litres of water per year.
- Do not let the water run while you are brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving.
- When washing dishes by hand, do not wash or rinse with running water. Use tubs or plug the sink. Capture the excess water and use for plants or pets.
- Rinse fruit and vegetables in a pan instead of running water continously and use water for indoor and outdoor plant watering.
- Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap for cold water.
- For regular house cleaning use a pail or bucket rather than running water.
Outside Home Tips
- Let your lawn go golden. A lawn only needs 1 inch of water a week per week to remain healthy.
- Mulch around plants reduces the number of weeds and conserves soil moisture, moderates soil temperature and adds nutrients to the soil.
- Consider installing drought-tolerant native plants such as perennials and annuals which thrive in drought conditions.
- Weed regulary as weeds compete with your plants for moisture.
- Consider collecting and recycling water by installing rain barrels outside your home.
- Clean sidewalks and driveways with a broom.
- Ensure your irrigation system is turned off during stage 4 restrictions.
- Aerate and top dress with compost for a healthier lawn.
The CVRD, the City of Courtenay, and the Town of Comox are making a concerted effort to reduce water consumption as much as possible during the Stage 4 water restrictions. In addition to following the guidelines laid out in the bylaw, local governments are further reducing their water use by suspending non-emergency operational work including:
- road sweeping
- sewer flushing
- hydrant maintenance
- all irrigation, including playing fields
The CVRD’s recreation facilities will remain open. The water in the pools and hot tubs are recirculated, and do not require draining and refilling. The Recreation department is doing their part for Stage 4 by conducting the following activities:
- hosing of pool decks and other surfaces only when biohazards are present
- posting signs to encourage shorter showers and turning off the shower while lathering
- closing the steam room for the duration of the Stage 4 restrictions
- Arena 1 closed for the duration of the restrictions
- Arena 2 open with limited ice times
- No dust control on riding rings
- No watering of fields
Reporting Water Restriction Infractions
Compliance with these restrictions is very important. Non-compliance will make demands on the pipe untenable and the system may not be able to supply the water needed for indoor and firefighting use. If water use extends beyond the system’s capacity, a “do not use” order would need to be issued for the duration of the repairs.