We’re generally concerned with water conservation in the summer, where our pools, gardens and lawns seem to suck that H2O up in massive quantities. Water conservation, however, is a discussion worth having year-round, even in the coldest months of winter, when we seemingly think less about it.
For the most part, water conservation in winter amounts to taking preventive measures to avoid costly spills and floods. Alberta Water Services, the water supply specialists in Calgary, suggest these tips to help conserve water in the cold season.
Winterize and insulate your water pipes. One of the biggest culprits of wasted water in winter is the burst pipe. Make sure to drain and properly store any outdoor hoses you won’t be using in the winter. Check for pipes in the home, especially in attics, garages and basements, that might not be sufficiently insulated, or near cold air leaks. Securing the help of a plumber to wrap your pipes, including your hot water pipes, will help prevent freezing, and make getting hot water for your shower more efficient.
Let your faucets drip. While it may seem counter-intuitive to save water by allowing your faucets to drip, the reality is that these drips will help prevent your pipes from freezing, which in turn could lead to a much bigger waste of water, not mention severe damage to your home.
Check for leaks. Once the first thaw settles in, check your pipes for leaks. The difference in temperature between day and night in the winter will cause the water in your pipes to expand and contract, which can apply undue stress on your pipes. Make sure there’s no damage there that could get worse later on.
Have access to the shut-off valve. Make sure everyone in the household knows where the shut-off valve is located, and that you have easy access to it. In the case of an emergency, like a burst pipe, quickly stopping the flow of water can help you save gallons and gallons of it, not to mention prevent extensive-and expensive-damage.
Keep a bucket handy. Re-use some of that cold water that spills away in your shower while you wait for the hot water to show up by filling a bucket with it. That water can go toward filling the toilet tanks, washing the floors, or watering your plants. Every little bit saved counts!
Not just a drop in the bucket
Water conservation is an increasingly important act, one that can carry on even in winter. At Alberta Water Services, we know how important it is to have enough water for your household. We’re here for all your water delivery needs. Call us at our Calgary location or visit our website for more information.