Conservation Tips

The City of Brantford encourages you to conserve water in many ways.

Indoor conservation

Use these tips to reduce the amount of water wasted inside your home.

General tips

  • Monitor your water meter to detect leaks. Read the meter when no appliances are operating to see if water is leaking. Compare multiple readings to detect issues.
  • Check your faucets for leaks. Leaky faucets can waste a lot of water throughout the day.
  • Look for high efficiency appliances such as low-flow toilets.
  • Consider replacing old household appliances as they can waste a lot of water.
  • Repurpose used water from your fish tank to water your plants or garden.

Bathroom tips

  • Don't let your water run when you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Don't take long showers
  • Install low-flow showerheads.
  • Check for toilet leaks.

Kitchen tips

  • Keep a jug of drinking water in your fridge to avoid running the tap for cold water when you want a drink.
  • Only run your dishwasher when it is completely full.
  • Reduce the number of drinking glasses by keeping the same water glass for the whole day.
  • Soak dirty pots in a small amount of water in the sink to reduce the amount of water you may need for rinsing.

Laundry tips

  • Only put full loads in your washing machine, or set the water level according to the load.
  • Buy high efficiency washing machines to save water. Front load machines use less water than top load machines.

Outdoor conservation

Use these outdoor conservation tips to save water outside your home.

Irrigation tips

  • Use rain barrels to harvest rainwater and reuse it for gardening purposes.
  • Install an efficient irrigation system to water plants.
  • Rely on rainfall to water your garden.
  • Follow the Water Conservation by-law.
  • Apply mulch around plants and shrubs to keep them moist.
  • Set sprinklers on low.

Cleaning tips

  • Sweep your driveway regularly to avoid washing it often.
  • Use a bucket and sponge to wash your car. Hoses can waste a lot of water.

Recreation tips

  • Use a swimming pool cover to avoid water evaporation during the summer.
  • Use small squirt toys to keep kids cool during hot days.
  • Let your kids play around the sprinklers when you water your lawn.
  • Avoid using decorative fountains outside your house.

Watch our water conservation videos for more information.