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.
Saving water can save you money. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation recommends that you think of the four Rs of wise water every time you turn on the tap.
- 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 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.
- Reuse: Consider water reuse technology. Some municipalities are considering the use of on-site and small community water reuse technology to save water and reduce the need for expanded water supply treatment. The most likely water use technology to be considered in the near future is the use of grey water from tubs, sinks and washing for irrigation and toilet and urinal flushing.
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.
- Put food colouring into the toilet tank and wait a few minutes.
- If the toilet bowl water changes colour (without flushing), you've got a leak.
- See below for repair.
One in four toilets are silently leaking and the number one culprit for leaky toilets is the toilet flapper.
- Rub the bottom of your flapper with your finger. If you get streaks of rubber on your finger, the flapper should be replaced.
- Take your old flapper to the hardware store to ensure you buy the right replacement part.
- After making any repairs, test your toilet again to ensure you've stopped the leaks.
- If the leak is not fixed, visit the hardware store for further tips or hire a plumber.
*This information is provided for your benefit. If you do not feel comfortable making these adjustments, please hire a plumber. The City of Airdrie will not be responsible for any damage to your toilet because of faulty repairs.
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