World Water Day 2012: Simple tips on daily water conservation


The Greenbelt protects many watersheds across the province, providing fresh, clean, and safe water to drink. With a staggering 533,000 acres of lakes, wetlands, and river valleys (and woodlands), the region’s water system removes contaminants from our drinking water and helps to provide drainage to prevent flooding.

 Here are a few simple tips on water conservation: 

  • Toilets are by the far the biggest water guzzlers in your home – standard toilets use up to 20 litres per flush. Being aware of your bathroom habits or getting a two-process toilet are great solutions. 
  • Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth. As a default, most people leave the tap running, wasting up to 5 litres of water per minute.
  • Always do a full load of laundry – anything less than a full load is inefficient. The same concept applies to a dishwasher. If you do your dishes by hand, don’t leave the tap running while you lather and scrub. Better yet, try to reuse your dishes – many times dishes don’t need a full wash to be reused.
  • Take shorter showers. Baths and long showers use at least 4 times the amount of water as a 3-5 minute shower.
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