Water Conservation

10 Things You Can Do To Conserve Water Outdoors

  1. Use a Hose Timer
    A hose timer connects to your  outside tap and turns off your sprinklers automatically after a set  amount of time. Watering too much is one of the major ways your  community uses water. A hose timer or rain sensor can significantly  reduce the amount of water you use.
  2. Let Grass Grow 
    Let grass grow to a height of 2 1/2 centimetres. Taller grass shades new growth and reduces evaporation.
  3. Say No to Nitrogen 
    Using high-nitrogen  fertilizers require a lot of water in order for them to work, and they  only temporarily stimulate new growth.
  4. Say Yes to Organics
    In place of nitrogen,  top-dressing lawns annually with compost or high-quality topsoil will  increase nutrients in the soil and improve its water-holding capacity.
  5. Use Grass Clippings
    Grass clippings are a valuable organic source of nutrients, especially nitrogen, so leave them on the lawn.
  6. Aerate
    Lawns can become compacted over time.  Aerating removes cores of soil and turf from the lawn, allowing water,  nutrients and oxygen to penetrate the soil.
  7. Avoid Evaporation
    Water over smaller areas:  When a sprinkler is set to cover a large area, up to half the water could be lost to evaporation before it even hits the ground.
  8. Mulch
    Mulch acts as a protective cover around  plants. It keeps soil cool and moist and discourages weed growth.  Organic mulches such as straw, leaf, bark or wood chips work best. Avoid  rocks as they retain heat, increasing the need for water.
  9. Reduce Turf Areas
    Replace water-thirsty grass with decking or mulched gardens of drought-tolerant plants.
  10. Plant Wisely
    Group plants according to their  watering needs. Consider plant species that are indigenous to the area.  They have adapted to local climate conditions and require little water to grow.

10 Things You Can Do To Conserve Water Indoors

  1. Install a Low-flow Toilet
    Toilets are the  biggest water users in the home. Replacing old, water-guzzling toilets  with newer, efficient models can save as much as 25 per cent.
  2. Drip, Dribble, Drool
    Dripping taps waste a lot  of water. Turn off taps tightly and make sure they don't leak. If your  toilet "hisses" when it's not in use, it might have a leak between the  tank and the bowl. To find out, put a drop of food colouring in the  toilet tank and wait a few minutes. If, without flushing, the colour  starts to appear in the bowl, you have a leak.
  3. Install Faucet Aerators
    Aerators mix air with water, reducing the flow by about six litres per minute while still maintaining pressure.
  4. Turn off the Tap
    Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and shaving.
  5. Install Low-flow Shower Heads
    Reduce water use and save on the cost of heating water by installing a low-flow shower head with an adjustable spray.
  6. Have Shorter Showers
    Put a timer in the bathroom and set it for five minutes. When it goes off - time's up!
  7. Be Water Smart With Your Dishwasher
    Run your dishwasher only when it's full. If you only have a few dishes to wash, it's more efficient to wash them by hand.
  8. Don't Flush Garbage
    Flushing garbage is a waste of water. Instead, use a garbage can and compost when possible.
  9. Install an Efficient Washing Machine
    These use  40 per cent less water and 50 per cent less energy than traditional  machines. They also spin out more moisture than traditional washing  machines, so less energy is required to dry clothes.
  10. Learn the Levels
    If your washing machine allows, set the water level so it's appropriate for different-sized loads.