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Water Conservation

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By conserving water, we minimize the impact on the environment, make our ecosystem more sustainable, and save money for our city and in our households.

Save water inside your home

  • Turn off the water when shaving, brushing teeth, and washing dishes. This can save 10 to 40 litres/day.
  • Check for leaky toilets and replace older bathroom faucet nozzles.
  • Install low flow toilets - they can save 6 to 14 litres per flush (around $75/year on your utility bills), while low flow showerheads can save 8 litres/minute.
  • Flush only toilet paper down the toilet.
  • Wash produce in a pan half-filled with water instead of using a strainer. Use this water for household plants.
  • Run the dishwasher and washing machine only when you have a full load.

Save water outside your home

  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean the driveway and sidewalk. A hose uses 23 litres/minute.
  • Use a bucket of soapy water to wash your car and use the hose only for rinsing.
  • Wash your car using soap and water from a bucket. The hose uses 23 litres/minute, but using a bucket saves you at least 2 minutes' worth of water (46 litres).
  • Water the garden during early morning or evening hours when temperatures are cooler to avoid evaporation.
  • Grow the grass at least 2 to 3 inches. Taller grass shades new growth and reduces evaporation.
  • Water your lawn only when it needs it. An hour of sprinkling uses about 1300 litres of water. Position the sprinkler so that water isn't wasted on the cement; this can save 10 to 35 litres/minute.
  • Use a rain barrel to water your garden and plants.
  • Learn how to detect leaks in your water system.

Other innovative ways to save water

  • When you’re craving a cool glass of water, don’t run the faucet until the water gets cold. Try keeping a jug of water in the fridge.
  • Remove weeds in your lawn and garden. This reduces competition for water while making the rest of the yard look great!
  • Plant a waterwise garden, which contains plants that need little water and can cope with long dry spells.
  • Placing mulch in your garden is also a good way to conserve water. It reduces erosion and discourages weeds. Spread grass clippings or other mulch materials around the base of plants and shrubs.
  • Reduce your shower by 5 minutes. This can save up to 100 litres of water and up to $100 per year in energy bills!

With your help, Surrey has been successful at reducing water consumption – check out the trend on the Sustainability Dashboard!

Learn more about Surrey's water supply, and see if there are any water restrictions in your community.

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