Indoor water conservation

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There are two ways to reduce indoor water use: change your behaviour and change your appliances that use water. 

Changing your behaviour is easy. Just turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, avoid flushing garbage down the toilet and make sure there are no water leaks. Changing all your appliances to save water is a good idea, but it may not be practical to change them all at once. However, as your appliances age and need replacing, consider these low-flow alternatives.

Low flow toilets
All homes in Kelowna constructed after 1994 were required to have low flow toilets. If your home was constructed prior to 1994, you may have an old water-wasting toilet. New dual flush toilets use about three litres for liquid flushes and six litres for solid flushes.

Front loading washing machines 
These use a fraction of the water compared to the old top-loaders. They are also more gentle on your clothes and require less soap.

Low-flow showerheads 
Purchase a low-flow showerhead with an adjustable spray.

Most new dishwashers have settings that will allow you to adjust for the size of the load. If you only have a few dishes, wash them by hand. 

Grey water recycling 
Grey water recycling systems filter particles and impurities from your shower/bath and laundry water and reuse it to flush your toilets. It’s like using normal water without having to pay again. Requirements for installation include a plumbing permit and a backflow preventer.

Read your water meter
ODOMETER: Reads in cubic metres. The black wheel is a decimal, so the consumption on this metre is 5443.7 CM. 

TRIANGLE: Measures flow as slow as 0.5 litres (1/8 gallon) per minute. 

SWEEP HAND: Ten complete revolutions = one cubic metre. 

To monitor your daily water use, take a reading at a set time of the day then take another reading the same time the next day. The difference between the two readings is your water consumption for the day. Or, take a reading at night before you go to bed and the first thing in the morning when you wake up. If no one has used the bathroom in the night, the readings should be identical. If they’re not, you may have a leak.