According to Metro Vancouver, about 60% of our water use is outdoors, and in the summer months our daily water use can increase by 50% due to lawn watering and increased outdoor use.
White Rock follows Metro Vancouver’s water restriction schedule and is currently under Stage 1 water restrictions. Check the guidelines here.
Tips for conserving water inside and outside your home:
- Water your lawn once a week only
- Have a rain barrel to water your garden during the summer
- Sweep your driveways, decks and sidewalks with a broom instead of a hose
- Check for leaks in your outdoor pipes and faucets
- Water your shrubs, flower beds, and trees in the morning or evening to reduce evaporation
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving
- Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge instead of running the tap until water cools
- Use fewer dishes during the day so you have fewer dishes to wash
- Use dishwasher settings such as ‘eco’ or ‘quick wash’ to reduce water use
- Wait until you have a full load of laundry and dishes before running the machines
- Reducing your shower by two minutes can save 460 litres of water in one month
- Repair your leaky toilets and check your home for leaks regularly. Undetected leaks in your home can waste many litres of water each year
For more information about water conservation and restrictions, visit whiterockcity.ca/waterrestrictions