Save water around the house

Save water around the house

September 25, 2014

The City of Toronto wants you to protect your home and the environment by saving water around the house. These tips from the city can help you to reduce your use.�

In the bathroom

  • Your toilet is not a wastebasket. Never flush garbage of any kind down the toilet.
  • Take shorter showers whenever possible. If you prefer to bathe, don't overfill the tub; one-quarter full should be enough.
  • Don't let your water run away on you. When washing, brushing your teeth, or shaving, never let the tap run continuously. Fill a glass with water for mouth rinsing while brushing your teeth. Rinse your razor by filling the bottom of the sink with a few centimetres of water.
  • Avoid chlorine pucks in your toilet tanks for disinfection. They may destroy the rubber and plastic parts in your tank and in particular, the flapper may deteriorate causing a leak.

In the laundry room

  • Only do a load of laundry when the machine is full.
    • If you have to do smaller loads, be sure to adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the size of the load.
  • Take a look at your washing machine and see if it has the suds saving feature. If it does, use it to recycle the rinse water from the previous load of laundry. This is a great way to save water.

In the kitchen

  • Become aware of how you are using water.
  • Don't leave the water running when preparing food or when you need a drink of cold water. Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge to avoid waiting for cold running water.
  • Give your dishes a quick rinse - not a shower! If you wash dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, partially fill one with soapy water and the other with rinse water. If you have only one sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray or in a pan full of hot water.
  • Water should be the only thing that goes down your drain. Never put garbage of any kind down the sink drain.