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Beaver Valley Water Service Current Outdoor Water Conservation - STAGE 1




Rivervale and Christina Lake Current Outdoor Water Conservation - STAGE 1


Outdoor water use accounts for over 30% of the total water used in the Beaver Valley Water Service, 40% in Rivervale Water Utility and 50% in Christina Lake Water Utility. By reducing the number of days allowed to water and the times allowed to water, you can drastically decrease the amount of water used, which reduces the amount of water treated, amount of stress on infrastructure, and cost to maintain the system - saving water, energy and money!


Summer Lawn Care Tips

Water in the early morning or evening - this is when evaporation from heat and wind is lowest (4am-9am, 7pm-10pm)

Raise your mowing height on your lawn mower - this helps to shade the soil and reduce evaporation

Let your lawn go dormant when the weather turns hot - dormant (only watering ¼ – ½ inch every two to four weeks) means no active growth, your grass will turn gold but that doesn’t mean its dead

Put lawn projects on hold - delay projects like aerating, dethatching and fertilizing as they can cause stress and damage to your grass in hot conditions.

Maintain your lawn equipment - cutting your lawn with a dull blade tears at the grass causing it to use 40-60% more water to recover.

Keep weeds down - weeds compete with your grass for water and nutrients in the soil, hand weeding is the best way to get rid of weeds

Water deeply and infrequently - this will cause your grass to grow deeper roots and in turn help your lawn become more drought resistant.

Keep foot traffic on your lawn to a minimum - this can damage and cause stress to your grass


Water and Energy Saving Tips

Try these easy tips to save hot water and energy.

For the Kitchen

  • Install water-efficient faucet aerators, which reduce water flow, with no loss of water pressure.
  • Fix leaky faucets. A drip can usually be repaired by replacing the washer.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it’s full to save hot water.
  • When doing dishes fill up the sink instead of letting the water run.
  • When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
  • When buying a dishwasher, select one with a "light-wash" option.

For the Bathroom

  • Install water-efficient faucet aerators, which reduce water flow, with no loss of water pressure.
  • Install a water-efficient showerhead. They can save you about 15,300 litres of hot water (family of four).*
  • Fix leaky faucets. A drip can usually be repaired by replacing the washer.
  • Shorten shower time by one to three minutes to save hot water.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
  • To check for toilet leaks add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, your toilet is leaking.
  • When washing or shaving, partially fill the sink and use that water rather than running the tap continuously.
  • Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip.
  • You can reduce water usage by 40% to 50% by installing low-flush toilets.
  • Filling your bathtub halfway or less can save 45 litres of water per bath.

For Laundry

  • Wash laundry in cold water.
  • When purchasing a new washing machine, buy a water saving model that can be adjusted to the load size.
  • Only run full loads of laundry.
  • Use the shortest cycle possible for washing clothes, and use the "suds-saver" feature if your machine has one.

For Outside

  • Cut down on watering your lawn to 1-2 days per week and use shut-off timers or on-off timers, if possible. Do not turn on sprinklers and leave for the day.
  • When mowing your lawn set the blades to 2-3 inches high, longer grass retains water better!
  • Apply mulch around shrubs and flower beds to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.
  • Collect rainfall for irrigation in a screened container.
  • Use a bucket to wash your car.
  • Always use a broom to clean your driveway/garage
  • Only water the lawn when necessary. If you water your lawn and garden, only do it once a week, if rainfall isn't sufficient. Avoid watering on windy and hot days. Water the lawn and garden in the morning or late in the evening to maximize the amount of water which reaches the plant roots.
  • Do not over-water in anticipation of a shortage. Soil cannot store extra water.

Other Water Saving Tips!

  • Insulate accessible water pipes with foam pipe wrapping in unheated areas such as basements and crawl spaces.
  • Monitor your water usage and ask your local government about a home water audit.
  • Share your knowledge about saving water through conservation and efficiency with your neighbors.
  • Consider replacing old equipment (like toilets, dishwashers and laundry machines).
  • Use only cleaning products that will not harm the environment when they are washed away after use. Look for "environmentally friendly" products when shopping.


* By switching from a standard 9.5 litre per minute (LPM) showerhead to a water-efficient 6.5 LPM model, a family of four with a standard efficiency natural gas water heater, each taking a daily five-minute shower, can save 15,330 litres of hot water and about 4.7 gigajoules of natural gas per year.


Do you have other water and energy conservation tips? Post them below!



Beaver Valley Water Service Current Outdoor Water Conservation - STAGE 1




Rivervale and Christina Lake Current Outdoor Water Conservation - STAGE 1


Outdoor water use accounts for over 30% of the total water used in the Beaver Valley Water Service, 40% in Rivervale Water Utility and 50% in Christina Lake Water Utility. By reducing the number of days allowed to water and the times allowed to water, you can drastically decrease the amount of water used, which reduces the amount of water treated, amount of stress on infrastructure, and cost to maintain the system - saving water, energy and money!


Summer Lawn Care Tips

Water in the early morning or evening - this is when evaporation from heat and wind is lowest (4am-9am, 7pm-10pm)

Raise your mowing height on your lawn mower - this helps to shade the soil and reduce evaporation

Let your lawn go dormant when the weather turns hot - dormant (only watering ¼ – ½ inch every two to four weeks) means no active growth, your grass will turn gold but that doesn’t mean its dead

Put lawn projects on hold - delay projects like aerating, dethatching and fertilizing as they can cause stress and damage to your grass in hot conditions.

Maintain your lawn equipment - cutting your lawn with a dull blade tears at the grass causing it to use 40-60% more water to recover.

Keep weeds down - weeds compete with your grass for water and nutrients in the soil, hand weeding is the best way to get rid of weeds

Water deeply and infrequently - this will cause your grass to grow deeper roots and in turn help your lawn become more drought resistant.

Keep foot traffic on your lawn to a minimum - this can damage and cause stress to your grass


Water and Energy Saving Tips

Try these easy tips to save hot water and energy.

For the Kitchen

  • Install water-efficient faucet aerators, which reduce water flow, with no loss of water pressure.
  • Fix leaky faucets. A drip can usually be repaired by replacing the washer.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it’s full to save hot water.
  • When doing dishes fill up the sink instead of letting the water run.
  • When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
  • When buying a dishwasher, select one with a "light-wash" option.

For the Bathroom

  • Install water-efficient faucet aerators, which reduce water flow, with no loss of water pressure.
  • Install a water-efficient showerhead. They can save you about 15,300 litres of hot water (family of four).*
  • Fix leaky faucets. A drip can usually be repaired by replacing the washer.
  • Shorten shower time by one to three minutes to save hot water.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
  • To check for toilet leaks add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, your toilet is leaking.
  • When washing or shaving, partially fill the sink and use that water rather than running the tap continuously.
  • Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip.
  • You can reduce water usage by 40% to 50% by installing low-flush toilets.
  • Filling your bathtub halfway or less can save 45 litres of water per bath.

For Laundry

  • Wash laundry in cold water.
  • When purchasing a new washing machine, buy a water saving model that can be adjusted to the load size.
  • Only run full loads of laundry.
  • Use the shortest cycle possible for washing clothes, and use the "suds-saver" feature if your machine has one.

For Outside

  • Cut down on watering your lawn to 1-2 days per week and use shut-off timers or on-off timers, if possible. Do not turn on sprinklers and leave for the day.
  • When mowing your lawn set the blades to 2-3 inches high, longer grass retains water better!
  • Apply mulch around shrubs and flower beds to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.
  • Collect rainfall for irrigation in a screened container.
  • Use a bucket to wash your car.
  • Always use a broom to clean your driveway/garage
  • Only water the lawn when necessary. If you water your lawn and garden, only do it once a week, if rainfall isn't sufficient. Avoid watering on windy and hot days. Water the lawn and garden in the morning or late in the evening to maximize the amount of water which reaches the plant roots.
  • Do not over-water in anticipation of a shortage. Soil cannot store extra water.

Other Water Saving Tips!

  • Insulate accessible water pipes with foam pipe wrapping in unheated areas such as basements and crawl spaces.
  • Monitor your water usage and ask your local government about a home water audit.
  • Share your knowledge about saving water through conservation and efficiency with your neighbors.
  • Consider replacing old equipment (like toilets, dishwashers and laundry machines).
  • Use only cleaning products that will not harm the environment when they are washed away after use. Look for "environmentally friendly" products when shopping.


* By switching from a standard 9.5 litre per minute (LPM) showerhead to a water-efficient 6.5 LPM model, a family of four with a standard efficiency natural gas water heater, each taking a daily five-minute shower, can save 15,330 litres of hot water and about 4.7 gigajoules of natural gas per year.


Do you have other water and energy conservation tips? Post them below!


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