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Water Information & Conservation

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Leak or Low Water Pressure
Saanich Public Works 250-475-5481

Utility Billing 250-475-5445

Water Quality & Testing
Saanich Water Works 250-475-5481

Water Restrictions
Current stage as per CRD bylaw

Probably no other municipal service is as vital to the health of its citizens as is a properly functioning potable water system. Saanich has 560 km of water pipe and five reservoirs. While we install and maintain the water distribution system, we purchase the water from the Capital Regional District.

It is the homeowners' responsibility to maintain the water line from the meter to the house.

Annual Flushing
The Water Section of the Public Works Division of Saanich Engineering has an annual cleaning /flushing program that is advertised in local newspapers.  This process may result in discolouration of your water for a short period of time.

Specifications and standard drawings for the construction of sewers, drains, watermains, roads and sidewalks, are available from our Development Section for a charge of $25.00 plus HST (rate subject to change without notice).

Water Conservation
Your toilet is the largest consumer of water in your home, accounting for 40% of all water used. Showers and baths account for 35%, laundry and dishes 20% and cooking and drinking 5%. Here are some water conservation tips to help lower your water consumption around the home.

In The Bathroom Approximate Savings
Shorten showers to 5 minutes or less 115 litres/person/week
Install low-flow showerheads 265 litres/person/week
Take a shallow bath instead of a shower 60 -80 litres/time
Turn off the water while lathering in the shower 280 litres/person/week
While waiting for hot water to flow, catch the cool water in a bucket or watering can.  Use it later to water plants, run your garbage disposal, or pour into the toilet bowl to flush. 180 litres/person/week
Retrofit your toilets with one of the many water saving devices on the market, or replace your toilets with new low-flush models. 110-1300 litres/person/week
Put bathroom trash in the waste basket instead of flushing it down the toilet  
Check toilets for leaks by dropping dye tablets or food colouring into the tank.  If colour appears in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak that should be repaired.  
Turn water off while brushing your teeth or shaving. 10 litres/person/week
Fit aerators in faucets 125 litres/person/week
In The Kitchen Approximate Savings
Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load 10 litres/week
Hand wash dishes just once a day using the least amount of detergent possible.  This will cut down on rinsing.  Use a sprayer, with short blasts only, to rinse 375 litres/week
Fit an aerator/sprayer to the faucet 125 litres/week
Rinse fruit and vegetables in a filled sink or pan instead of running water continuously 135 litres/week
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold water 200 - 300 litres/week
Plan ahead so that frozen food doesn't need to be thawed under running water 50-150 litres week
In The Laundry Approximate Savings
When doing the laundry, never do less than a full load 375 litres/week
Around The House Approximate Savings
Repair leaky faucets and pipes both inside and outside the home 500 litres/week/leak
Outdoors Approximate Savings
Water your lawn only when it needs it.  If the grass springs back when you step on it, there is no need to water it.  Usually, one inch of water once a week is enough.  To measure this, place a flat container like a tuna fish can, about six feet from the sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill one inch deep.  The next time you water, set your kitchen timer to remind you to turn off the sprinklers. 1150 litres/week
Adjust your sprinklers so that they don't spray on sidewalks, driveways or the street 950 litres/week
Set lawnmower blades one notch higher since longer grass means less evaporation 500 - 1500 litres/week
Skip watering the lawn on windy days when there is too much evaporation 750 - 1000 litres/time
Water the lawn early in the morning when there's less evaporation 150 litres/week
Cut down on watering on cool, overcast or rainy days.  Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers 750 - 1150 litres/time
Plant drought resistant native trees and plants 750 - 1500 litres/week
Use mulch to cover bare ground in gardens and around trees to slow down evaporation 750 - 1500 litres/week
Last modified: May 14, 2013