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The Township of Schreiber is Asking All Residents To Help Us Save Water!
LAWN WATERING RESTRICTIONS AND TIPS
With the hot summer weather, excessive lawn watering puts a strain on the Township of Schreiber’s water production capabilities at the water treatment plant. At this time we are asking for your cooperation in using alternate day watering, where even numbered houses water on even numbered days and odd numbered houses water on odd numbered days
TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE LAWN WATERING:
- Do your lawn watering early in the morning or late in the evening. Watering in the afternoon will only see most of your water evaporate in the hot sun.
- Water deeply and infrequently. Deep watering promotes a deep root systems, while over-watering (daily) promotes shallow root growth, making your lawn less hardy.
- Water an area of your lawn for 15 – 20 minutes before moving your sprinkler to a new area.
DID YOU KNOW?
On average, Ontario homes use an average of 200 litres per person per day, with water-efficient homes using an average of 140 litres per person per day. In June 2017 Schreiber had a daily flow 1353 m3 of water from our water treatment plant meaning on average homes in Schreiber are using approximately 1353 litres per person per day! That’s more than 6 times the average!
WHY THE HUGE DIFFERENCE?!
The residents of Schreiber aren’t actually “water-hogs”. Unfortunately, in the Township of Schreiber’s aged water-distribution pipe system, a LARGE percentage of water is lost in transit from our water treatment plant to consumers due to LEAKS! Water pipe leaks of even the smallest nature add up to significant losses of water in our community.
SAVE WATER, SAVE ENERGY
On average, Ontario municipal water and waste water systems represented 38% of municipal energy use!? With daily flows in Schreiber 6 times the provincial average, that’s a lot of wasted energy!
HELP DETECT WATER LEAKS
Detecting water leaks is the first step to solving our community’s water loss woes. Unfortunately, due to our regions permeable soil, underground water pipe leaks often go undetected because water is able to leach sparingly into the ground without pooling and therefor is often un-noticed. The best way to help detect water pipe leaks throughout the community is to use your ears! Listening for water leaks is the #1 way we find them throughout Schreiber. Anytime you hear unusual sounds of running water especially in basements or crawl spaces and are unable to find an above ground source, you should call the Township of Schreiber Municipal Office and Report It. Our public works team will then be deployed using water leak detector equipment to determine the exact location of the leak and will arrange for repairs.
INDOOR Household Water use
Residential indoor water use is concentrated in a handful of products as shown in the figure below from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report “Every Drop Counts”. That means that indoor water uses are the perfect candidate for codes and standards to the high minimum efficiency levels for products.
Please Note that the “other” category includes evaporative cooling, humidification, water softening, and other uncategorized indoor uses. Water use statistics are based on a sample of approximately 1000 single-family homes in 23 locations across the United States and Canada.
TIPS TO SAVE WATER AT HOME
Check out these great tips to help save water at home!