Water conservation protects the environment and limits wasted water treatment chemicals.

Get started on your water conservation journey with these resources:

map of water path in Cornwall

Water's Big Drip

Join us for Water’s Big Drip! Follow the path water takes through the city, from the river to your home and back again. Learn all about the steps water has to go through, right from the people who work with it every day. Did you know that more than 30 million liters of water pass through our water purification plant on a daily basis?




your toilet is a big water waster!

Your toilet is a big water waster!

Flushing the toilet accounts for approximately 24% of your daily water use. More modern toilets use on average 6 liters per flush, but older models use up to 25 liters. The average person flushes the toilet 5 times per day – which means using up to 125 liters a day just for flushing the toilet!

If you have an older toilet try placing a jar of rocks in the toilet tank, this way flushing uses less water.





why use a car wash?

Why use a car wash?

Washing your car at home means that all the dirt, oil grease, and salt that has collected on your car gets washed into the storm drain or into the ground, and so do the products that you used to wash your car. Not to mention that washing your car with your hose uses an average 400 liters of water!

Car washes have a recycling system that cleans and reuses water, meaning that no harmful chemicals are entering the stormwater or groundwater systems and they use on average just 50 liters of water per wash.


 Landscape & Lawn Irrigation

Tips to help save water and maintain a beautiful space:

  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning orevening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips
  • Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
  • If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
  • Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it's still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  • Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
  • Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
 Conserving Water at Home
 Drip, Drop - It costs a lot
  • Check for leaks regularly.
  • Leaks waste water, and money, every second of every day until they are repaired.
  • Repair leaky faucets easily by replacing the washer which costs very little.
  • Always turn off your taps tightly so that they do not drip.

Sink savings

  • The kitchen sink is a hub of activity in any home.  Water is used for a wide range of activities such as washing dishes, rinsing fruits and vegetables, and cleaning your kitchen counters.  Most people are unaware of how often they leave the tap running while performing these day to day tasks. Becoming more aware will help you save water and money.

Did you know?

  • Installing an aerator on your kitchen tap can reduce your water usage by 25-50%.
  • Less than 1% of all drinking water produced by the City of Cornwall is actually consumed.
What's on tap?

Clean and safe drinking water is a basic requirement for our body’s survival.  It is vital to ensure that our water sources are safe and reliable for everyone today as well as in the future.

You can survive up to one month without eating food, but only a week without water. Water makes up 60% of your body.

  Other water saving tips
  • Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator.  This addresses the wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it before drinking.
  • Save water from cooking vegetables and use it for soups and gravies, or use it to give your houseplants a drink once the water is cool.
  • Boil vegetables using just enough water to cover them.  Steaming vegetables not only uses less water, it conserves more nutrients.
  • Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • Kitchen sink disposals require a lot of water to operate properly.  Instead, start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing of food waste.
  • Use a pail or basin instead of running water when cleaning your home
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods.  Instead, defrost foods overnight in your refrigerator or use the microwave’s defrost settings.
  • Install an instant water heater in your kitchen so you don't have to run water for it to heat up.  This also can reduce heating costs in your home.

While we're on the topic...

  • Make sure water is the only thing going down your drain.  Never put garbage down your sink - such as cooking fat and grease, paints, solvents, household cleaners, pesticides, and other chemicals that are very harmful to the environment and your home plumbing.

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