What you can do

Water is a precious resource and every drop counts. Continue to seek out ways you can conserve water in your home, yard and at work.

There are a few easy ways that you can save water and save money.

In your home:

  • Fill a bowl to rinse fruits and vegetables instead of running the tap.
  • Keep drinking water in the fridge to avoid running the tap for a cold drink.
  • Soak pots and pans rather than running water to remove stuck on food.
  • Turn off the tap when you’re shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Check toilets for leaks and only flush when it’s necessary.
  • Upgrade to a low-flow toilet. Apply for a Toilet Rebate.
  • Wash laundry and dishes when you have a full load or run them on a short cycle if you must do a smaller load.
  • Take shorter showers. Every five minutes you reduce can save 100 litres of water!

In your yard:

  • Use drought-tolerant plants, trees and shrubs in your landscaping and use less water with permeable (bark or wood chips) mulch. Apply for a Plant and Mulch Rebate.
  • Hand water your gardens instead of running a sprinkler.
  • Collect runoff with a rain barrel and use that water on your yard instead of running the tap. Apply for a Rain Barrel Rebate.
  • Set your mower blade between two and three inches and leave grass clippings on your lawn. This will help to slow water evaporation and provide a natural fertilizer for your lawn.
  • Enrich your soil, prevent erosion, conserve water and save money by using compost. You can create your own with some compost resources from our website, or purchase compost from the Waste Management Facility.
  • Water your lawn in the evening hours to avoid peak sunshine and daytime heat which will cause the water to evaporate quickly and not penetrate the roots of your grass.

More tips for conserving water (and managing your bill) are available on our website. The Government of Alberta also offers helps tips on how to conserve water