Environmental stewardship is one of the City of Selkirk’s priorities in its Strategic Plan. We encourage all citizens to conserve water. Here’s what you can do help.
Read your water meter when you first move into a property, and continue to do regular readings to keep your water consumption and utility bills low. As regular reading of your meter helps in early detection of leaks.
Check for leaks on the following should be considered a part of regular household maintenance.
- Water Meters
- Appliances (washer, dishwasher, fridge with ice maker…)
- all plumbing fixtures
To check for a leaky toilet the City of Selkirk offers dye tablets in packs of two to help identify leaky toilets. Alternatively you can also use food colouring to find a leak. Put the dye tablet (or food colouring) in the tank of the toilet and leave it for several hours or overnight. If the colouring seeps into the bowl of the toilet you have a leak!
If you suspect your water meter is leaking or damaged click here.
Here are some tips to help you conserve and save some money on your water bills at the same time.
- Consider a low-flush/dual-flush toilet or an early-closure toilet flapper, which can save up to 40% of the water used per flush.
- Install water efficient shower-heads and low-flow faucet aerators.
- Use less water in the tub or take shorter showers.
- When shaving, or brushing your teeth, don’t leave the water running.
- Watering lawns/gardens at night decreases evaporation.
- Wash only full loads of laundry.
- Buy dishwashers or clothing washers that use less water.
For more information on water conservation, click Canadian Water and Wastewater Association