Main­te­nance and water-sav­ing

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

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