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Aug092013

Water Conservation – Part 2

Herald Homes – The Chronicle Herald
Sherry Donovan, NSHBA

Water is a part of everything we do which is why conserving the water we do have is so important. We are fortunate in our province not to have a water shortage issue. YET! If all of us don’t do our part to make sure we conserve this resource, than we soon won’t have the option of this luxury.

As mentioned last week, did you get a chance to take a look around your home and identify areas where you could reduce your water consumption, or where repairs could be made to certain products where leaks may be occurring?

“Conserving water now makes good sense,” says Paul Pettipas, Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association’s chief executive officer. “Changing our habits now can result in great cost savings to you in the long term and help protect our water supply.”

A few tips to consider:

Toilets

Older toilets could use as much as 18 litres or more of water per flush. If you have a toilet that is older than 15 years old, this is likely the case. Changing it out for a six litre or dual flush option will create water savings.

If your toilet is running continually, check the flush valve and make sure it fits properly. This is an inexpensive fix. One astounding fact I found in my research on the Environment Canada website was that a running toilet could create 200,000 litres of wasted water annually if it is a large enough leak. To test if your toilet is leaking, place a few drops of food colouring in the toilet tank and if you notice there is coloured water in the bowl a few seconds later, you have your answer – a leaky toilet!

Showerheads & Faucets

The use of conventional showerheads can result in the use of 15 – 20 litres per minute. Changing  your showerhead will create reduced water consumption and annual savings on your water bill. The other tip when it comes to showering is to shorten the length of time you spend in the shower, or if baths are your preferred choice, use less water when filling the tub.

Faucets can become leaky as well, and can result in upwards of 10,000 litres of wasted water per year, if the leak is only one to two drops per second, according to Environment Canada’s website. Think about the savings you will see just by changing out a leaky faucet. 

General Tips

How many times have you left the faucet running to make sure the water is cold before filling your glass? Try keeping a container of water in the fridge and not only will you reduce your water consumption, you will always have cold water at your fingertips.

In the end, it is much easier to conserve water which will help maintain the life of the municipal water plants rather than to have to spend significant amounts of money to build new infrastructure. Little steps go a long way!

For more information on building or renovating visit www.nshomebuilders.ca.

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