Water Brochure

Did You Know... Town residents should have received a handy new water conservation brochure with their utility bill. Copies are available at the Town Office.
 

New brochure highlights money-saving water conservation tips

Reducing the amount of water your family uses doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as easy as changing the way you use water.

And saving water can save you money.

Town residents should have received the handy new brochure, Conserving Water in Your Home, with their Dec/Jan utility bill at the end of January. Copies are also available at the Town Office and may be available at various locations around town.

The brochure is filled with suggestions and recommendations for reducing water use throughout the home... and saving money in the process.

Statistics indicate the following breakdown of indoor water use:

·         Toilets, 45%

·         Showers and Baths, 30%

·         Laundry, 20%

·         Drinking and Cooking, 5%

Did you know:

·         By installing a low-flow toilet you can reduce your water usage by 26 per cent.

·         The Town of Athabasca has a Toilet Rebate Program: if you replace your existing toilet with a new low-flow model, you may qualify for a $50 rebate.

·         Sink garbage disposal systems consume hundreds of litres of water each week.

·         Older model showerheads use 18-27 litres of water per minute, while new low-flow showerheads use only 9-11 litres per minute.

The new Town water conservation brochure offers helpful tips for the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry room and outdoors.

Kitchen Tips

·         Install a low-flow faucet aerator, which can cut water use in half.

·         Wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of running the water.

·         Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator rather than running tap water until it is cool enough to drink.

·         Steam vegetables instead of boiling them.

·         Only run the dishwasher when it is full.

·         When buying a new dishwasher, consider purchasing a water-saving model.

Bathroom Tips

·         Replace your old toilet with a new low-flow model. Older models can use from 13-26 litres of water per flush. New models use only six litres of water per flush.

·         Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or shaving.

·         Replace your showerhead with a new low-flow model.

·         Do not use your toilet to dispose of paper, facial tissue, cigarettes or dental floss.

·         Reduce your shower time to five minutes.

·         Check regularly for leaks and fix them right away.

Laundry Room Tips

·         When purchasing a new clothes washer, consider purchasing a new water-saving model.

·         Wash only full loads of laundry.

Outdoor Tips

·         Set your sprinkler to water the lawn, not the patio or sidewalks.

·         Attach a timer to your sprinkler to avoid over watering.

·         Check your sprinkler or irrigation systems regularly for any leaks and fix them.

A pdf format copy of the Conserving Water in Your Home brochure can be viewed online by clicking here

 

More helpful hints can be found at these links:

 http://www3.gov.ab.ca/env/water/Conservation/residential.cfm

 http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/reseau/watertips/watertips_e.html

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