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Water Conservation Tips

Reducing our water usage can:

  • Ensure we have water for essential services (like drinking, cooking and firefighting)
  • Help protect the environment and,
  • Save on our water bills!

Learn how to monitor your water use HERE and see below for tips on to reduce your water use!

Indoor Water-Saving Tips


  • Check your toilet for leaks and repair any leaks found.  
    • To learn if your toilet has a leak, you can place a bit of food colouring in the tank. If after waiting 15-20 minutes the colour starts appearing in the bowl without flushing, your toilet has a leak.  
    • How much water does a leaky toilet waste? Click HERE for a video from EPCOR to learn how much!
  • Regularly check for water leaks in your home and have them repaired. This includes inspecting taps, hoses and any appliance with a water line (such as humidifiers on furnaces).
  • For more information on water leaks, click HERE.

In the Bathroom

  • Use a garbage bin to dispose of tissues and other trash, rather than flushing them down the toilet.
  • Consider installing a water-efficient showerhead. They are easy to install and can save up to 3 000 liters of water per month.
  • Consider installing a low-flush toilet in your home.
  • Instead of baths, choose showers and limit showers to 5 minutes or less.

In the Kitchen

  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full. Modern dishwashers use 15-20 liters per cycle, compared to the average handwashing which uses 75 liters per wash.
  • Limit your use of garburator/garbage disposal as it requires a lot of water to use properly. Instead, use your compost bin to get rid of food waste.
  • Use a small pan of water to wash your vegetables and fruits, rather than letting the water run.

Going on vacation?

  • When leaving for vacation or simply leaving a vacant house for an extended time, it is recommended to shut off your water line at a point after your water meter. This prevents toilets from running and prevents major leaks from plumbing failures.
    • To learn how to turn off the water to your home, see HERE for a video from EPCOR.
Monitor your water use and try to reduce totals over time. Information on how to monitor your water use is found HERE.

Outdoor Water-Saving Tips


  • Water your lawn between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Early morning watering reduces water loss due to evaporation and helps ensure your plants get the maximum benefit.
  • Water your lawn only when needed, up to 1 hour a week, or 2.5 centimeters (1 inch); less if it rains. You can measure this by placing a container such as a bowl or ice cream pail on your lawn while watering. When the water level reaches 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) you can shut off the sprinklers. This method helps produce a deeper root system that is less likely to be damaged by drought.
  • Cut your grass higher than usual as taller grass holds water better.
  • Leave lawn clippings on the lawn as mulch retains moisture.
  • Position your sprinkler so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas.


  • Plant drought-resistant plants and plants native to Alberta. Moreover, reduce the amount of standard grass planted. See HERE for information on how to plant a garden with water conservation in mind.
  • Plant a rain garden, see HERE for more information.
  • Use a rain barrel for watering your garden.


  • Limit the use of fertilizer. Fertilizer can help plants grow but also increases water consumption.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks instead of using a water hose.
  • Wash your car using a bucket of water and a sponge as well as a hose fit with a shutoff nozzle.

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