How can I optimize and conserve my water usage?
The Town of Beaumont encourages residents to implement the following outdoor water conservation measures:
- Water in the early morning between 6 am - 10 am (don’t water when it’s windy). This will increase water absorption by the plant.
- Water your lawn only when needed, to a maximum of one hour a week, or 2.5 cm (1’); less if it rains. You can measure this by placing a container such as a Frisbee, bowl or ice cream pail on your lawn while watering. When the water level reaches 2.5 cm (1”) you can shut off the sprinklers. This method helps produce a deeper root system which is less likely to be damaged by drought.
- Position your sprinkler so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas.
- When you do water your lawn (one hour or 2.5 cm per week) odd house numbers should water lawns on odd numbered days of the month and even house numbers should water lawns on even numbered days of the month. This will even out the water demand on the water supply system.
Trees and Shrubs
When watering trees and large shrubs, water around the drip-line of the tree (area below the branches where water drips naturally from leaves) – not directly at the trunk. A great way to water trees is to use milk or water jugs. Fill with water and poke small holes about 8 in the bottom of each. Place these around the drip line of each tree. The water seeps out slowly into soil near the roots, where the tree needs water the most.
General Outdoor Tips
- Use a rain barrel and watering can to water flowers and gardens
- Use a brush or broom to clean paths and driveways rather than a hose
- Cover your swimming pool or hot tub. It will keep the water clean and help save water and energy.
- Wash your car using a bucket of water and a sponge as well as a hose fit with a shutoff nozzle.
Does the Town offer rebates for energy efficient appliances?
Yes! The Town offers a rebate for replacing your standard toilets with low-flush CSA approved toilets. Please see the form below for more information.
Toilet Replacement Rebate Brochure
How do I winterize my trees and shrubs?
- Keep the trees and shrubs in your yard, boulevard and roadway healthy and ready for the spring by following these easy steps in the fall.
- Stop watering as soon as the leaves start turning colour.
- Once the leaves have dropped but before the ground freezes, give trees and shrubs a deep watering. Consider including the trees in the adjacent boulevard and roadway in your watering ritual; this will ensure your entire yard and street are ready for spring!
How can I check for leaks around my home?
Checking for leaks around your home is a quick and easy process and can add up to save you a great deal of money. Open our Water Conservation and Leak Testing document for step-by-step instructions on how to test for leaks and conserve water in your home and for more information on this subject, please visit the links below.
How can I conserve water around my home?
For money-saving tips on how to conserve water around your home, please visit the links below.
What do I need to know about water bans?
Water bans ensure there is sufficient water capacity in the Town reservoir for essential resident use and firefighting. When a water ban is in effect, please follow the restrictions below until the water ban has been lifted.
- Watering new lawns (sod within 21 days, seed within 45 days) between the hours of 6am and 10am only
- Watering flowers, trees, shrubs, and vegetable gardens
- Using a commercial vehicle washing service
- Watering mature lawns
- Washing vehicles on residential premises
- During the water ban, the water play park will be CLOSED.
Your cooperation with helping to preserve this precious resource is greatly appreciated!
For more information on water conservation contact us.