In Canada, most people depend on a municipal water supply for their needs. Growing population and economic development is increasing demand on these water supply systems, which may be stressed in a dry climate. This future demand can be met by building additional water treatment plants or by upgrading current plant capacity, but this would be a considerable expense and may not be sustainable.
By managing our water demand, high capital expenditures can either be lowered or deferred resulting in cost savings for the City of Brantford. Additionally, a reduction in water usage directly results in lower bills for residents. When the water usage is reduced, there is also less wastewater produced which translates into even further savings. Reducing our demand will also ensure that these water resources are available further into the future.
The City of Brantford has a number of initiatives designed to conserve municipal water. Click on the links below to learn more about our following programs and initiatives:
Water Conservation Bylaw
The Water Conservation Bylaw helps to manage the supply of water used outdoors as the water demand can increase up to 50% in summer months due mainly to lawn irrigation. Do you know your watering times? Click the link below for the bylaw and for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Click for more information on Water Conservation Bylaw
Waterwise Demonstration Garden
The Waterwise Demonstration Garden showcases beautiful gardens that use drought tolerant plants that survive on just rainfall alone. Located at Tranquility Hall, on the corner of Powerline Road and Francis St., this garden is great alternative to traditional lawns and gardens.
Click for Waterwise Demonstration Gardening and resources
Waterwise Landscape Recognition Program
Do you have a waterwise garden? We want to recognize you! Nominate yourself or a friend and submit your application by August 22nd. See the program page for more details, including criteria.
Click for more information about the Waterwise Landscape Recognition Program
Waterwise Garden Workshop Series
The City hosts free waterwise gardening seminars every year during the month of March. All residents are welcome whether you are just a beginner or are an experienced gardener. Workshops are on a wide variety of topics from how to establish a low maintenance waterwise garden to how to develop design plans ideal for your yard. See the program page for a summary of the 2012 workshops.
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Rainbarrel Sales Event
Every year on the last Saturday in May, the City of Brantford sells rainbarrels to residents at a subsidized cost. Investing in a rainbarrel is an excellent way to collect water to use for your lawn and gardens, while saving municipal drinking water for drinking.
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Children's Water Festival
At the Brantford/Brant Children's Water Festival, young students are taught about the importance of water conservation, protecting our water resources and respecting our environment. Grade 4 children attend through a class field trip and learn through many fun and interactive activities.
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During the summer months, City staff spend time at various stores, festivals and events throughout the community to educate residents on the City's Water Conservation By-law and various other water conservation programs.
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