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Water saving tips for your home

  • Scrape dishes, don’t rinse
  • Keep cool drinking water in the fridge
  • Wash vegetables in a bowl, then use the water for houseplants
  • Steam instead of boil vegetables
  • Use aerators – small screens that screw onto the end of the tap
  • Compost scraps rather than use a garburator
  • Run the dishwasher only when it’s full
  • Use shorter cycles for lightly soiled dishesChoose water-efficient appliances


  • Fix drips and leaks
  • Install a low-flush toilet or put a displacement device in the tank
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving
  • Use low-flow showerheads
  • Take shorter showers


Laundry Room
  • Only run the washing machine with a full load
  • Use shorter wash cycles
  • Choose water-efficient appliances


  • Longer grass keeps soil moist
  • Attach a timer to the sprinkler
  • Water lawns and gardens with water collected in rain barrels
  • Mulch such as wood chips prevents evaporation
  • Water when it’s cool and not when it’s windy
  • Minimize or stop using fertilizers
  • Choose native plants that are naturally hardy
  • Try xeriscaping, a gardening concept based on water conservation


  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways, don’t hose
  • Wash vehicles at a car wash that treats and reuses its water


Alberta Environment Water Conservation Tips
City of Calgary Water Services

Your View

I agree with former premier Peter Lougheed that water is more important than oil. With agriculture using 70% of the surface water, we need to develop a policy that will decrease this usage over a reasonable period of time.

Ron Esch, Calgary

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Showers and baths account for 35 per cent of personal water use, toilet flushing 30 per cent, laundry 20 per cent, kitchen and drinking 10 per cent, and cleaning 5 per cent.

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