According to Go Blue, Canada’s fresh water supply is at risk of running out. Around 60% of fresh water drains to the north of the country, while around 85% of our population resides along the country’s southern border with the USA. Yet, a large part of the population takes this natural resource for granted, assuming that it will always be there. Here at Anta Plumbing, we believe in preserving our freshwater supply in order to continue our way of life and to protect our environment for future generations.
Poll Reveals Canada’s Water Usage Facts
IPSOs-Reid recently performed a poll which showed that:
- 6% of respondents thought that they were a threat to Canada’s long-term freshwater supply.
- 52% of Canadians think that Canadians do enough to conserve our fresh water supply.
- 55% of respondents knew that a bath uses more water than a 10 minute shower, and the average Canadian spends 7.6 minutes in the shower.
- 86% of Canadians believe that rain barrels are important for the garden, while only 4% say that they use rain barrels.
- Canadians flush their toilets an average of 4.9 times a day, with a family of four flushing around 20 times every day.
Anta Plumbing Recommendations for Water Preservation
While most homes that were built since 1994 use low-flow toilets, there is still a lot of scope for homes to upgrade to more energy and water-efficient plumbing fixtures.
Here at Anta Plumbing, we recommend the following fixtures:
Easy to install, high-efficiency, low-flow showerheads and aerators offer a great solution for Canadians who wish to save water and energy without having to compromise on the quality of their showers. A family of four can save up to a swimming pool full of water per year by just installing a low-flow showerhead.
A low-flow toilet uses much less water per flush, while a dual-flush model allows you to tailor your flush to your individual needs. Older toilets can be converted to a dual flush toilet using a retrofit kit, which offers a cost-effective solution. If all Canadians installed low-flush toilets, around 25, 000 Olympic sized swimming pools of water could be saved every year.
If you have a garden, you should consider investing in a rain barrel. While British Columbians watering their lawns around twice a week, and the average Canadian 1.5 times per week during summer, we could save a lot of water by using a rain barrel. A lawn needs only around 2-3 cm of water every week.
One of the major culprits of wasting water, is leaky pipes and fixtures. We recommend that all homeowners do a regular plumbing inspection to see whether there are any leaky pipes or faucets.
If your water meter runs despite all fixtures and water-using appliances being off, and you can’t find any obvious leaks, you may wish to call us to do a leak detection service and to repair any leaks. This will help you to save water and conserve our natural resources for future generations.