Conservation Tips

In our part of the world, we’re very lucky to have relatively abundant water resources. But that doesn’t excuse us from treating this precious resource with respect. The average Canadian uses twice as much water as the average European, so we know we’re using more than we need. Summertime in particular is a time when water use in Fredericton can severely tax the city’s existing water supply and delivery systems. In warm weather, our water use can even double compared to winter usage rates.

When enough Frederictonians conserve or cut back 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.