Calgarians use about 340 litres of water per person per day in their homes. In the UK each person uses about 147 litres per day.
Wondering how you can reduce your water use?
Review your appliances and see if they are matching your needs. For example, do you have a large family that requires daily use of the washing machine? If so, consider a high efficiency front load washer which uses substantially less water than a traditional top load model.
Check for leaks. A faucet losing one drop per second wastes up to 25 litres per day or over 10,000 litres per year.
Check for toilet leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. Wait 10 minutes and look in the bowl. If there is coloured water in the bowl, you have a leaky toilet.
Replace your 18 litre per flush toilet with a low flow 6 litre per flush model and use 70% less water.
If you let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving you can let 45 litres of water run down the drain in 5 minutes.
Keep drinking water in the fridge so you don't have to run the tap to get cold water. Water plants with unused drinking water.
The Sanitary and Storm Sewer charges on your ENMAX bill are based on a flat monthly fee plus a charge per cubic metre of water use. So if you conserve water you will save money for both the clean water coming into your house and the waste water leaving.
The City of Calgary can help fix that leaky faucet or toilet. www.calgary.ca
and search: "Repairing Taps and Toilets".
The City of Calgary also provides a $50.00 rebate on the replacement of high water use toilets. www.calgary.ca/waterservices
and click on 'Toilet Rebates' under "Quick Links" on the right hand side. Also check out the "Water Use Scorecard" and many additional resources available.
Info courtesty of www.livegreencalgary.com and additional info from www.calgary.ca