Conservation Tips

In our part of the world, we are lucky to have relatively abundant water resources. But that doesn’t excuse us from treating this precious resource with respect.

Fredericton’s residents rely on the city’s water supply and delivery systems to deliver fresh and clean water on demand. However, Frederictonians should try to conserve water as much as possible.

When enough Fredericton residents conserve on water use, many good things happen:

  • By utilizing existing infrastructure capacities, huge capital expenditures of new water infrastructure are avoided and the environmental impacts associated with them.
  • Less water used means less wastewater production. This results in lower wastewater treatment costs.
  • Less water used means less energy used in the pumping and treating of water, and the pumping and treating of wastewater, decreasing the creation of greenhouse gases

To use less water in your day-to-life, follow some of these water-saving strategies:

  • When necessary, only water your lawn early morning or later evening.
  • Do not hose down asphalt or concrete.
  • Do not over-water your lawn. 2-3 cm per week is plenty.
  • Use a bucket when you wash your vehicle.
  • Wash full loads in your dishwasher.
  • Do not use the toilet to flush garbage.
  • Keep a container of the City's fresh, clean tap water in the fridge rather than letting your tap run to get cold.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, saving 3-5 gallons each time you brush.
  • Think water conservation when you replace fixtures (e.g. low flow toilets, shower heads, etc.).
  • Check your toilet for leaks. A leaking toilet can result in huge volumes of wasted water, and cost you a lot of money in unnecessary water consumption.

2020 Budget Supports Safe Water & Infrastructure Renewal

In order to keep our water safe and clean, to maintain a safe and environmentally sound wastewater system, and to support reinvestment in replacing old infrastructure, Council approved a Utility operating and capital budget of $22.86M, a water consumption rate of $1.86/m³, and a quarterly service charge of $117.20.

About our Water & Sewer Utility

Our Water Utility has provided customers with safe, clean water for 137 years, and environmentally sound wastewater treatment since 1969. The Utility also provides maintenance and renewal efforts for the system to operate smoothly.

As per provincial legislation, the Utility is self-funded, deriving all its revenue from rates charged and government infrastructure grants. It is separate from the City of Fredericton’s general fund budget and property tax system.