The average Airdrie resident uses 250 litres of water per day. That’s the equivalent of two full bathtubs of water per person - every day!
Save money and reduce water use on water bills using these water conservation tips.
Why should we conserve water?
The City of Airdrie is one of over 10 municipalities that rely on the Bow and Elbow rivers for their water supply. These rivers supply drinking water, provide habitats for plant and aquatic life and are also vital for agriculture, recreation, tourism and industry. With so much depending on these rivers, it is important that we manage our water consumption to ensure long-term sustainability for all water users. Conserving water also reduces your water thus saving you money!
How the City conserves water
To conserve water, the Water Services department uses a leak detection program where technicians use headphones and computers to clamp onto lines and detect leaks. If any suspicious sounds are heard, they close the curbstop or valves to investigate further.
In addition to the leak detection program, the department aims to promote water conservation by educating residents about the watering schedule. This is crucial in managing water consumption for long-term sustainability.
Parks also collects rainwater in barrels to reduce reliance on non-potable water for watering.
Water efficiency inside the home
Reducing the amount of water your family uses is as easy as becoming aware of how you use water, changing your water use habits and ensuring leaks are repaired.
Reduce: Become conscious of the amount of water you’re using and look for ways to use less.
Retrofit: Replace water-guzzling toilets and appliances with more water efficient, low flow models or retrofit existing appliances with water saving devices.
Repair: Stop the leaks! In one year, a leak of one drip per second wastes 10,000 litres of water – enough to fill more that 60 bath tubs. Most leaks are easy to fix by simply changing a worn washer.
THE HOUSEHOLD GUIDE TO WATER EFFICIENCY offers information on how you can use water more wisely, tips to improve water efficiency inside and outside the home, and step-by-step advice on how to test for and repair leaks, make the most efficient use of water on a daily basis, and plan landscape projects with water efficiency in mind.
When cleaning fruits/ veggies or dishes, don’t run the water continually. Put the stopper in the sink and let the sink fill up a bit.
Wait until the dishwasher is full before you run it.
Use the dishwasher instead of handwashing a couple dishes at a time.
Use leftover water from washed vegetables, boiled eggs or tea kettles to water your house plants.
Defrost food in the fridge instead of in water.
Scrape dishes into your organics kitchen caddy instead of rinsing them before loading the dishwasher.
Use your organics cart to dispose of tissues, not the toilet.
Put a jug filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce water waste.
Turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth.
Take short showers and turn the water off while you’re shampooing your hair or scrubbing your body.
Put a bucket in the shower to catch water, use it to water plants.
Wash full loads of laundry on the shortest setting.
Hang up and re-wear clothes that are still clean.
If your machine has a suds-saver feature, use it (this reuses clean rinse water for washing the next load).