Water Waste Quick Facts
Canadians have access to the most freshwater in the world, yet according to a 2016 study by McGill University, Canadians use 329 litres of water per person, per day!
The study also found:
- 65 percent of water wasted is used in the bathroom.
- Toilets use 30 percent of our daily water usage, while bathing and showering takes up 35 percent of it.
- Showering* uses 76 L of water, meanwhile a full bath uses 150 L or more, depending on the size of tub.
- A faucet that drips six drops per minute loses 1200 L of water annually.
*Based on an 8 minute shower with a 9.5 L/min shower head.
1. Fix Leaks
If you notice your taps are leaking in your bathtub or sink, it is important to get them fixed right away. It may seem small, but a dripping faucet is one of the biggest culprits of water waste.
2. Install a Rain Barrel
A rain barrel is a unique way to conserve water in your household. It encourages recycling water, as well as reduces the need to use drinking water for garden irrigation. Simply place the rain barrel in your backyard or front porch underneath a downspout. The next time it rains, you’ll have more than enough water to use to nourish your plants. On some rain barrels, there is a slow release valve that gradually emits the storm water into the ground, allowing it to soak into the soil which supplies water to local streams between rainfall.
3. Use a Low-Flow Shower Head
Without even realizing, taking a shower can use up a lot of your household’s water. The solution: a low-flow shower head. They are the perfect way to save water consumer in your house. Low-flow shower heads use less than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), which not only cuts back on water consumption, but it will cut back on your water bill too! Some models come with a cut-off valve that allows you to stop the flow of water, reducing the amount of water used each time you shower.
It is easy to lose track of time while you’re showering, so consider purchasing a timer that will remind you when you’re 15 minutes is up!
4. Invest in a Low-Flush Toilet
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5. Turn Off Your Faucet While You're Brushing Your Teeth
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