Maintenance and water-saving
According to Environment Canada, nearly 65 per cent of all indoor water use occurs in the bathroom. By following the three rules of water conservation — reduce, repair, retrofit — a typical household can reduce water consumption by more than 40 per cent.
Simply repairing or upgrading bathroom fixtures can make a significant difference in the amount of water we consume, and result in a lower hydro bill as well. A leading Canadian faucet manufacturer offers the following water conservation tips for the bathroom:
• Install aerators on faucets and flow restrictors on showerheads.
• Replace old faucets with a water-conserving washerless faucet.
• Don’t let water run continuously while you brush your teeth or shave.
• Check the toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food colouring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the colour begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that needs to be repaired.
• Replace your toilet with a water-conserving model (6 litres or --1.6 gallons or less per flush).
• Teach children to turn faucets off tightly after use to prevent dripping.