Water Saving Tips

Based on measurements in Southern Ontario, on an average day the largest water consumer are showers, toilets and washing machines. However, on a peak day in summer, outdoor water use can soar to almost half of the entire water used. Water use depends on the efficiency of water we use, habits and lifestyle.

Outdoor Water Saving and Efficiency Tips:

• Water your lawn and garden early morning

• Lawns do not need to be watered every day (once a week is recommended)

• Avoid fan type sprinklers because they lose water to evaporation. Use a doughnut type sprinkler, which keeps the spray close to the ground.

• For garden beds, direct the water to the roots and use a soaker hose or hand water plants and shrubs as needed

• Pool covers will also reduce water loss

Indoor Water Saving and Efficiency Tips:

  • Only do full loads of laundry
  • Front loading machines save up to 40% of water usage
  • Run the dishwasher when fully loaded
  • Take shorter showers
  • Ensure there are no leaks (i.e. toilets, faucets, pipes)
  • Turn off the tap when not using (i.e. while brushing, shaving, hand-washing dishes)

Detecting Water Leaks

Leaking Toilets

High volume water leaks often come from toilets. They are hard to detect and are usually caused by worn or misaligned parts. The following steps can be used to check your toilet for a leak:

  1. Carefully remove the toilet tank lid. Place a dye tablet or some food colouring in the tank.
  2. After 15 minutes, check the water in your toilet bowl. If the water is coloured you've got a leak.

Irrigation System Leaks

Whether you use an in-ground system or a single oscillating head, check it carefully for leaks. Make sure the outdoor faucet is turned off after each use, even small drips add up to big waste. A leak in your in-ground sprinkler system is less noticeable than a hose. Check for wet patches in your lawn that do not dry if you suspect a leak. Contact your irrigation contractor for a system check-up.

I think my bill is too high, what can I do?

In the event there is a dispute regarding meter accuracy, you can request a meter dispute test by contacting the Public Works Clerk. Following the initial request, a staff member will go out and perform tests on the meter. If the Township determines the meter is operating adequately a meter dispute charge of $100.00 will be added to your account. If the meter is dysfunctional, there is no charge to the customer.