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Water Conservation

 

 

Water Conservation Kits

Image of showerheadInterested in reducing your water consumption? Water conservation kits are now on sale at City Hall.

Shower Head: $5.40 (plus tax)

Full Kit: $15 (plus tax)

Includes an earth massage shower head, a kitchen aerator, bathroom aerators and a toilet tank bank.

Follow these water conservation tips and you’ll not only help preserve the environment, you’ll also save on your water bill.

Most common culprits of wasting water

  • Leaking toilets are the most common cause of high water bills. Click here for tips on preventing a leaky toiletSave money by detecting and repairing leaks.
  • Toilet flushing is the largest single use of water in a home, followed by showering and bathing.
  • New low-flush toilets take six litres per flush compared to older ones, which use up to 22 litres. With a low-flush toilet, you’ll save 140 litres per day, and $65 on your yearly water bill.

Water conservation tips

  • Do not leave water hoses running unnecessarily.
  • Never leave the tap running when washing vegetables or dishes, shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Repair leaks immediately, as a small drip quickly amounts to litres of water. Your water meter can help detect a leak.
  • Use water-efficient fixtures in the home, as showers/baths account for about 30 per cent of indoor water use and toilets account for about 35 per cent.
  • Wash only full loads in the dishwasher and clothes washing machine.
  • Take a quick shower rather than a bath.
  • Keep water in the fridge instead of running tap water and waiting for it to get cold.
  • Dispose of kitchen and dry waste in the garbage instead of flushing down the toilet or garburator.
  • Use a bucket and sponge instead of running water for car washing.
  • Use a barrel to collect rainwater from your downspouts.  Collected rainwater can be used for garden and lawn watering.

Lawn watering regulation

 

In an effort to promote the conservation and wise use of water, the City of Moncton has a water use by-law, By-Law P-102.1, which includes the following:
  • Residents who live at odd-numbered civic addresses (those ending with 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) are permitted to water their lawns on odd-numbered days, while residents living at even-numbered civic addresses (those ending with 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) are permitted to water their lawns on even-numbered days.
  • Residents are not permitted to water their lawns when it is raining.
  • Watering is limited to two hours every other day.
  • Residents must water their lawns before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Exceptions: Newly seeded or sodded lawns, new trees or shrubs, and sports fields require more frequent watering and are exempt from the by-law.

 

Pesticide-Free Lawns

Want to find out more about how to have a healthy, pesticide-free lawn? Visit our healthy lawns section for tips!

Lawn watering tips

  • Deep infrequent watering promotes deep, strong roots and will make your lawn healthier. Watering too often may cause disease by starving the soil of oxygen.
  • Apply 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water once a week, only if watering is needed.
  • Water early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Some experts say lawns don’t need watering at all, since grass will go “dormant” during extended periods of dry weather, and will return to normal once dry weather stops.
  • Conserve water all year long, and help preserve our environment and extend the life of our water supply system.

The City of Moncton is also doing its part to help the environment. Visit our Environment section to learn more.

 

 

Cool Links

Want to learn more, and do more to conserve water at home? Visit Go Blue, or join the EcoAction Teams for easy ways you can make a difference!

Remember, every drop counts!