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Water Conservation

Water Conservation

Saving Water in the Home

The Okanagan has a naturally hot and dry climate and is therefore susceptible to water shortages. We all share the same water sources so it is important to be good neighbours and budget and share the water we have as well as keep it clean.

Try this Water Calculator to estimate how much water your household uses. Now you know how much you use, here are some tips for how to reduce your water use:

  • Check for leaks in your home – Not all leaks are obvious, toilets can leak a surprisingly large amount of water. To see if you have a leaky toilet pour 3 drops of food colouring into the tank. If you see dye in the bowl 15 minutes later, you have a leak.
  • Be careful what you flush down the toilet as this could affect people downstream of our system. Medications and chemicals, like harsh cleaners and paints, should never be flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain. Unused medications should go to a pharmacy and paints and chemicals should be taken to appropriate disposal locations. Information on where to dispose of chemicals can be found on the Regional District of the Okanagan Silmilkameen (RDOS) website here.
  • There are many other ways you can reduce water use in your home, from reducing time spent in the shower to installing water and energy efficient appliance. For more information on how you can reduce your water use visit Home Water Works, Okanagan WaterWise or the RDOS websites.