Drinking water is unquestionably a vital issue of the 21st century. Whether drawn from an individual well or from an aqueduct network, its value is priceless.
We invite you to consult one of the following topics:
If you own an individual well, you must make sure that it provides clean water to protect your health and that of your loved ones.
To obtain useful information on the quality of your well water, click on the following link which will bring you to the website of the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC).
Here you will find the answers to your questions pertaining to:
- Your responsibilities with regards to the quality of your well water
- Analysis of your well water
- Sources of contamination
- How to disinfect your well
In Rawdon, the aqueduct is mainly fed by 5 wells. The water is chlorinated and stored in tanks, then, depending on the demand, is pumped into the aqueduct.
The volume of water treated for consumption by businesses, establishments, industries and residents is approximately 2 500 m3 (660 500 gallons) per day. During the summer season, this amount doubles due to the watering of lawns and other outdoor usage!
It is important to reduce the waste of drinking water, especially in the summer, for several reasons:
- To save on operating costs related to water treatment;
- To avoid having to build other wells or water intakes to meet the demand;
- To reduce the stress on ecosystems, related to water catchment;
- To reduce the quantity of wastewater discharged, that then has to be treated at the treatment plant;
- To achieve the objectives set out by the Stratégie québécoise d’économie d’eau potable (provincial drinking water conservation strategy), which aims to reduce water consumption by 20% by 2020.
By-law no 100-02-2 was adopted in order to reduce our aqueduct water usage outside of the home, and is available here.
Clich here to consult the watering schedule, effective May 1st through September 30th of each year.
Quality Control of Drinking Water
The quality of the drinking water in the aqueduct system meets the requirements of the Règlement sur la qualité de l’eau potable (provincial regulation concerning drinking water).
For more information, you can click on the following link: Règlement sur la qualité de l’eau potable
Aqueduct water is analyzed multiple times before being pumped into the homes of Rawdon’s residents. These analyses are performed by an independent laboratory, accredited by the ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques. The water is of exceptional quality and complies with all government requirements. Any additional indoor water treatment system is therefore not necessary. For those who wish to remove the taste of chlorine, we suggest leaving a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to allow the chlorine to evaporate or to use a pitcher with an activated charcoal filter.
Drinking Water Conservation Kits
The Municipality of Rawdon offers a water conservation kit, free of charge, to citizens who are serviced by the municipal aqueduct.
This tool allows citizens to reduce their water consumption in the bathroom (40% less water used) without compromising on their comfort. It also helps to save up to $100 of electricity per year (based on a household of 4). These products are Watersense approved.
Each kit includes a shower head (fixed or handheld), a bathroom faucet aerator, a Teflon ribbon, a shower hourglass as well as instructions.
To obtain your kit, please drop by the Town Hall reception desk.
Water saving tips and tricks for the whole family (source PEEP)
There is a multitude of simple things we can do to reduce our water consumption. It is possible to make small changes in our lifestyles and thus reduce our water consumption by 40%, with minimal impact on our quality of life.
- Repair a leaky faucet without delay. A single faulty faucet can waste between 140 to 680 litres of water per day.
- You can reuse the waste water from your aquarium and your dehumidifier. Instead of disposing of it, use it to water your plants! In addition, it makes for great fertilizer as it is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus.
- Throughout its manufacturing process, a single sheet of paper requires 10 litres of water. By printing two-sided documents, you save 10 litres per sheet. Also, don’t forget to recycle paper!
- Close the water when brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving; in doing so, you will save 12 litres of water per minute!
- Opt for a 5 minute shower instead of a bath or a 15 minute shower. You will save up to 200 litres of water.
- While in the shower, reduce the flow or turn off the tap when soaping.
- Check that the toilet tank is not leaking. Pour food coloring into the tank and if the water in the bowl changes color, there is a leak to repair!
- Make sure that the float in your toilet tank is properly adjusted, so that the water level in the tank is always adequate. Also, check the tank cap regularly to ensure that it is in place and seals the system when the bowl is full.
- Choose a low-flush or dual-flush toilet of 6 litres or less and save up to 11,000 litres of water per year.
- Place a bottle or a volume reduction bag in your toilet tank. Avoid using a brick for it can damage the toilet mechanism by disintegrating.
- Place a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running tap water to cool it.
- Wash fruits and vegetables with a brush, in a sink partially filled with water, rather than running water. This will allow you to save 5 litres of water every time.
- Cook by replacing meat with a vegetable protein substitute from time to time. You will save up to 5,000 litres of water per kilo of meat replaced.
- Compost your food waste rather than throwing it into the grinder. You will save a lot of water and will have great fertilizer for your garden!
- Defrost frozen foods in the refrigerator instead of under a running tap. You just have to think ahead!
- If you are considering changing you dishwasher soon, choose a water-saving model. If you do not have a dishwasher, wash your dishes in a sink filled with water instead of letting the faucet run.
- If you are planning to replace your washer, choose a model that uses less water and energy. Please note that a front-loading washer consumes half as much water as a vertically loaded one.
- Repair faucet or washer hose leaks without delay.
- If you own a septic tank, avoid doing all of your laundry on the same day. This could overload your septic field and release pollutants into the soil and eventually into water points.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean the asphalt of your driveway.
- Install a spray gun on your gardening hose to water your garden and flowers.
- Water your lawn in the evening to prevent 40% of the water from evaporating in the sun.
- In dry weather, keep your grass six to seven centimeters long as it retains water better this way. In addition, leave grass clippings on the lawn as this will render it more drought resistant as well as fertilized.
- Have one or two containers on your lawn to measure the amount of water received. It only takes 2 to 3 centimeters of water per week to maintain a healthy lawn. You can also use a soil moisture meter to make sure that you do not water unnecessarily.
- Don’t forget that grass becomes dormant in the month of July and requires much less water. It is also useful to know that when the grass is green, it does not need water. Watering is in order only when the strands start to darken at the tips.
- Create shrub and perennial areas in your garden. They need a lot less water than your lawn and are very pretty!
- Cover your pool with a solar blanket to prevent the water from evaporating and fill your pool within 20 cm of the top, to reduce splashing.
- Wash your car with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge instead of using the hose.