Sault Ste. Marie PUC
Monday March 18, 2019 - (Broken Water Main) Cunningham Road
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Water Wise

Each of us uses approximately 260 litres of water per day, and of this average, toilets consume 40%; bathing accounts for 28%; laundry and dishes 23%; while drinking and cooking account for only 4%. With numbers like these it's not hard to see the areas where a little Wise use will do the most good. Efficient water use can save money on utility bills and make a valuable contribution to the environment. Without changing their habits, people who install Water saving devices can cut down their indoor water use by more than a third.

In the Kitchen

  • Use an aerator and/or a water-flow reducer in your sink faucet. Look for one with an on-off switch that cuts water to a trickle.
  • Be sure to always turn taps off tightly so they don't drip.
  • Promptly repair any leaks in and around your taps. One leak can waste enough water in a year to fill two swimming pools.
  • When hand washing dishes - or vegetables - never run water continuously. Wash in a partially filled sink, then rinse quickly under the tap or using the faucet's spray attachment.
  • If you use an electric dishwasher, wash full loads only and use the shortest cycle possible.
  • When boiling vegetables, use just enough water to cover them and use a tightly fitting pot lid - you'll save nutrients as well as water.
  • Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge instead of running your tap until the water gets cool enough every time you want a drink.

In the Bathroom

  • Install low-flow shower heads or a volume control valve in your present shower head. Take short showers and turn the water off while you're soaping or shampooing, then rinse off quickly.
  • Water-saving faucets are also available; they introduce more air into the water stream to give the sensation of a larger volume of water.
  • When washing or shaving, partially fill sink basin and use that water rather than running the tap continuously - that saves about 60 percent of water normally used.
  • Install a low-flush toilet, or you can save about 20 percent of the water normally used if you place a plastic ~ bottle filled with water in the toilet tank. An alternative is to buy a toilet insert or tank dam, available at hardware and plumbing supply stores.
  • Flush your toilet only when necessary. Don't use the toilet as a garbage can.
  • Check for toilet tank leaks by putting a small amount of food colouring into the tank, without flushing, see if any spreads into the bowl. If so, repair any leaks promptly.
  • Check regularly for leaks at the base of your toilet and have them repaired.

In the Laundry Room

  • Wash only full loads, using the shortest cycle possible.
  • For small loads, use the lowest possible water level.
  • If your washer has one, use the "suds saver" feature to reuse warm soapy water for the next load.
  • Promptly repair any leaks around taps, hoses or fittings of your washer, or the taps of your laundry sink.
  • In the summer, direct your clothes washer hose out of a window into the garden instead of down the drain and use the laundry water to water your garden. The soap won't hurt your plants and will help control bugs, (Use pure soap or phosphate-free detergent).

In the Yard or Garden

  • During dry warm weather, water lawns only every three to five days, rather than for a short period each day. Green grass doesn't need water: water only when it starts to develop a black tinge along the top. Apply five millimetres of water for each day since the last watering or rain - you can easily measure how much you're watering by placing a can in the area being sprinkled.
  • Use shut-off timers or on-off timers. Don't turn on sprinklers and leave for the day.
  • Water during the cool morning or evening. Much of the water will evaporate before reaching the lawn if you water in the midday sun. Don't water on windy days.
  • Put a spray nozzle on your garden hose to get greater coverage.
  • Place your sprinklers and hoses carefully so that water doesn't land on driveways and streets.
  • Place a rain barrel (a large plastic garbage can will do) underneath the eavestrough and downpipe leading from your roof and collect rain water for your garden.
  • Wash your vehicle only when absolutely necessary.


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