After our flood last year, water conservation may not be top of mind but in Calgary, one of Canada’s driest cities, the pressure is on.
Water Conservation: Why it Matters
Calgary is a booming city with a high-quality drinking water but, according to the city’s website, Calgarians have quite a thirst – residents use around 231 litres of water every day. River levels are actually declining year-to-year, putting more demands on our supply. It’s essential that water use in our homes and businesses be kept to responsible levels. The municipal government has set a 30-30 goal, keeping the city’s water consumption at 2003 levels even as the city continues to expand. That means Calgarians will need to reduce our water use by 30 per cent over 30 years. Fortunately, there are some great ways you can help!
How to Save Water…and Money
There are quite a few common-sense things you can do to help reduce water use in your home and yard – and it’ll even save you money on your utility bill. Knowing where the water goes is part of the battle. Did you also know that every home in Calgary will be outfitted with a water meter by the end of this year? Once you have a good idea of your targets, you can start putting together a strategy. Here are some of our ideas.
Tips to Reduce Water Consumption
- Install water-conserving toilets. Toilets are easily the biggest water hog in your house. We have a wide range of fixtures for you to choose from. Thinking water conservation right up front will put you ahead of the curve. Don’t forget to check the city’s rebate program – you may qualify. Want to comparison shop? No problem. Check this independent report to see which toilet option might work best for you. And feel free to ask us any questions – we’re here to help.
- “MacGyver” your own toilet. Did you know that taking a 2L pop bottle, weighting it with sand and then filling it with water to put in your tank – screw the lid on tight! – can reduce your toilet’s flush and save 40 or more litres of water a day? Low tech and cost effective.
- Get a rain barrel! Instead of watering with your sprinkler system or the hose, think about capturing the rain we do get and using that to water the peonies. The city has dates throughout the summer when you can order and pick up a rain barrel. It works too – last year, Calgarians saved an average of 9 million litres of water.
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. It’s not going to impact your shower experience – you won’t even notice you’re using less water to rinse away your shampoo. Yes, we carry some amazingly beautiful and water efficient makes and models. Just ask us!
- Use water-based appliances sparingly. Use the garburator as little as possible, and ensure you run the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have full loads. These household appliances are all major water users.
Getting the Best Value for your Water Dollar.
Remember Calgary, what goes around, comes around – especially when we’re talking about water. As a full-service plumbing and heating business, we understand that you want good value for the dollar and years of service from the appliances, fixtures and infrastructure you have in your home. Combining excellent function while reducing water use doesn’t have to mean massive upheaval. A few simple changes in our day-to-day habits can make a big difference.
As always, if you have questions or if you want to talk about more ways to save water in your home or commercial property, give us a call!
We’d love to hear from you and would be delighted to go over the best options to suit your needs.