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Drinking Water

Water is a precious resource, so how can we use it economically?

We can preserve and protect our water supply by slightly modifying our daily habits. Each citizen can help cut household water consumption almost in half, primarily by fixing and adapting the appliances we use on a daily basis. We can also protect our supply by avoiding household products that contain phosphates or pesticides. Also, we should be more conscientious in the use of our drains and sewer system by not flushing trash and medicine down the toilet or drain. Some contaminants still manage to slip through water treatment system and pollute our supply.

Here are some tips to help protect our water:

Do not use hazardous products in your home.
Think about water quality, even when playing.
Do not misuse the municipal sewer system.
Do not dump hazardous products into storm sewers.

Conserving Drinking Water

Kitchen:

Install an aerator and/or flow-reducer on the faucets to reduce the amount of water used.

Immediately repair all leaky faucets. A faucet leaking a drop at a time wastes nearly 150 litres of water a week! A rubber seal is all that’s needed to fix that faucet.

Bathroom:

65% of household water is consumed in the bathroom, the toilets being the biggest culprit. Reduce the water volume by placing a plastic bottle filled with water in the toilet’s reservoir. This will save about 45,000 litres of water annually for a family of four.

Use a low-flow shower head.

Do not overfill the tub when running a bath.

Laundry Room:

If you can regulate the washer’s water level, adjust it to use the minimum amount of water required.
Wait until you can fill the tub with laundry before using the washer.

Yard or garden:

Instead of watering a little every day, water the lawn every three to five days. On hot days, use no more than five millimetres of water for every day since you lasted watered.

To measure the amount of water used, place a container on the grass and check how long it takes to fill up with the amount of water needed. Take note of that time for future reference.

Now it’s time for action!

Be open to the idea of modifying your needs and changing your behaviour or attitude.
Educate your friends and children.

Source: www.ec.qc.ca./water

 

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