Water conservation is everybody’s business. We have the good fortune to live in an area with an important quantity of drinking water. Help us preserve this important natural heritage.
The Town of Bouctouche is offering Water Conservation Kit’s to its residents
- Toilet leak detection dye tablets: Leaks from the toilet reservoir are the most common source of water waste in a house.
- Water saving faucet aerator 0.5 GPM – Reduces the water flow from your tap. Can save up to 7 571 Liters per year!
At Bouctouche Town Hall, you can pick up free water saving products (while supplies last):
- Water saving shower heads 1.5 GPM: Saves 40% more water and energy than a standard 2.5 GPM shower head. That’s 27 634 Liters of water annually!
- Toilet tank banks: A resistant, non-corrosive bag that you fill with water and install in the toilet reservoir thus reducing the amount of water used in every flush.
Water conservation tips
- Keep a bottle or a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to avoid having to run your tap until the water gets cold.
- Install low-flow aerators on your faucets to reduce up to 50% of their water use.
- Run the dishwasher only when the load is full. If you wash the dishes by hand in a sink that has two bins, partially fill one with soapy water and the other with rinsing water.
- Avoid leaving the tap on while rinsing fruits and vegetables. Instead use a partially filled bowl of water, afterwards use this water for your plants or garden.
- Waiting until you have a full load for your dishwasher saves water and energy because full loads means fewer loads.
- Running your standard faucet for a minute uses approximately 4 Liters of water.
- A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second wastes 10 220 Liters per year.
- Installing low-flow aerators on your faucets and a low-flow shower head can reduce up to 50% of water use in the bathroom.
- Taking quick showers or turning the shower off while you lather can help conserve considerable amounts of water.
- When buying a new toilet, consider purchasing a low flow model. These models only use 3.8/liters per flush while standard models can use up to 19 Liters per flush. You can also install a device (tank bank) to lower the amount of water in your current tank.
- Regularly check for water leaks around the house (faucets, toilets and pipes) and repair them as soon as possible.
- Bathroom use accounts for about 65% of the water used inside a home.
- A leaking toilet can waste up to 757 Liters per day.
- Leaving the water on while you brush your teeth can waste approximately 9 Liters of water.
- When buying a new washing machine, consider getting a high efficiency front loading machine.
- Only use your machine when it is at its full capacity.
- The Energy Star label certifies that the machine is at least 37 percent more efficient than a standard washer.
- In order to prevent yellowing of plants and lawn and to reduce evaporation, water in the morning or evening.
- Increase your mowing blade height to 7,5 cm (3”). Keeping your grass longer will help create shadow for the roots and will help keep humidity in the soil thus improving its overall health.
- To water your garden and plants, collect rain water in a barrel and keep it covered with a grid and/or an appropriate cover to prevent mosquitoes and debris from getting in and to reduce evaporation.
- When washing your vehicle use a bucket, a sponge and a pressure washer pistol rather than a garden hose. This can save you about a 100 Liters of water per wash.
- Use compost or mulch, this will help retain humidity in the soil and stop weeds to grow.