Water conservation tips

Water conservation is everyone's responsibility, especially during drought. By conserving water, you can help to protect our natural resources, and you may save money too.

Visit your local government or First Nation’s website for information about water conservation and restrictions specific to your area.

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Indoor water conservation tips

Making simple changes can reduce your water usage around your home:

  • Keep showers to five minutes or less
  • If washing dishes by hand, fill the sink rather than let the water run freely
  • Instead of running the tap, keep a jug of cool water in the fridge
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Regularly check your home for leaks. Undetected leaks in your home can waster many liters of water each year
  • Run full loads of laundry and full loads in the dishwasher

Outdoor water conservation tips

Reduce the use of water by following these alternatives for outdoor activities:

  • Water lawns sparingly. Lawns only need about 2.5 cm (or 1 inch) of water per week
  • Water in the morning or evening to reduce evaporation
  • Clean the driveway with a broom instead of a hose
  • Check for leaks in outdoor pipes, faucets, and hoses
  • Talk to a local nursery or garden supplies centre about drought tolerant plants
  • Use rain barrels to collect rainwater for outdoor plant use
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a water-saving pool filter


Water conservation videos on YouTube.

The full playlist is available at  BC Adapts: Water Conservation Videos.