65% of all indoor water use is in the bathroom, with toilets using the highest amount of water of all indoor water consumption. Adopting water wise bathroom habits like taking a five minute shower saves water, energy and money while helping conserve water for our community and ecosystems. Making small changes adds up to big savings!

Water Wise Bathroom Habits

Flush with Care

  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Flushing anything other than pee, poo or toilet paper is not safe for our sewer or septic systems and can cause costly blockages. Never flush hair, floss, q-tips, medications, “flushable” wipes, food or feminine products down the toilet.
  • Reduce your daily flush count. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.”

Shower Smart

  • Strive for 5 minute showers or less and save up to 10,000 litres of water per year!
  • Turn off the water while lathering soap, shampoo and conditioner to save even more water.
  • Take a 5 minute shower instead of a bath. Otherwise, fill your bathtub only as needed.
  • Recycle unused water. While waiting for hot water to flow, catch the cool water in a bucket or watering can to be used later for plants, pets or cleaning.

Turn Off the Tap

  • Turn off the tap when washing hands, brushing teeth and shaving.

Choose High-Efficiency Fixtures

Increasing the efficiency of your home will save water, energy and money. Replace outdated, inefficient water fixtures in your bathroom with a high-efficiency model such as a WaterSense labelled fixture.

For even greater savings, you can also insulate your water pipes to reduce hot water delivery delay (and wasted water) experienced while waiting for water to run hot from the shower or faucets.

Fix Leaky Fixtures

  • Household leaks make up to 14% of all indoor water use. Leaky toilets, faucets and showerheads are the most common indoor culprits.
  • Simple and inexpensive repairs can prevent our drinking water from being wasted. Repair any leaky fixtures and check your toilet at least once a year for undetected leaks.
  • Be a leak detective and learn how to check for leaks in your home.