Water Conservation

Outdoor Water Usage Notice

In accordance with By-law 93-16 Schedule 1, Section 12.1 which places restrictions on the use of outdoor water, municipal water customers in Wellington North must abide by the following schedule:

  • All homes with EVEN house numbers - watering is allowed on EVEN calendar days
  • All homes with ODD house numbers - watering is allowed on ODD calendar days
  • Sprinkling or watering on the days indicated above is only permitted between the hours of 6:00 am to 9:00 am and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

In the case of extreme water shortage, a total ban on non-essential use of water may be initiated by the Township of Wellington North.


Water Use In The Home

Using water more efficiently will not only save money, but more importantly, will help protect the quality of life of future generations.  Conserve both indoors & outdoors, see below for some tips on conserving Indoors or refer to the Outdoor Use By-Law for tips on conserving outdoors.

Water Conservation Information & Tips

Top 10 Conservation Tips in the Bathroom

  1. Replace your showerhead with a water efficient model.   This saves as much as 6 gallons of water per minute!
  2. Recycle your old toilet and replace it with a water efficient toilet.  This saves as much as 5 gallons per flush.   If you can’t make yourself part with that old toilet, at least install a toilet displacement device! (Use a plastic bag or bottle filled with water to reduce the volume of water in the tank but still provide enough water for flushing.  Do not use bricks).
  3. Pay attention to those dripping sounds and fix the leak(s).  Hard water ruins rubber parts over time.  Periodically take the top of your toilet tank and watch it flush.   Do you notice any leaks?  Yes?  Replace that flapper or rubber washer!   Don’t forget about those sneaky silent leaks.  Add a few drops of food coloring or a dye tablet to the water in the tank, but do not flush the toilet.   If the coloring appears in the bowl within a few minutes, the toilet has a leak that needs to be repaired.
  4. Don’t waste water when brushing your teeth.  Shut off the water until it is time to rinse!
  5. Don’t waste water while shaving!  Fill the sink with hot water instead of letting the water run continuously.  Don’t shave in the shower.
  6. Never use the toilet to dispose of trash.
  7. Get in the shower right away after the water becomes hot enough.
  8. Take short showers and wash hands using only as much water flow as you really need.
  9. Take a shower instead of taking a bath.  Showers with water efficient showerheads often use less water then take a bath.
  10. Turn off the water while you are shampooing and conditioning your hair

Top 10 Conservation Tips in the Kitchen

  1. Never run the dishwasher without a full load.  This practice will save water, energy, detergent and money.   If your dishes are not very dirty, use the short wash cycle.  If you buy a new machine, ask for a water saving model.
  2. Don’t leave the water running while you aren’t using it.
  3. Install faucet aerators.  You’ll never notice the difference and you’ll cut your sink water consumption in half.  Don’t ignore leaky faucets, they waste lots of water.
  4. Your drinking water will be much more refreshingly cooler if you keep a container of it in the refrigerator.   Running water from the tap until it is cold is wasteful.
  5. Dry scrape dishes instead of rinsing.  Your dishwasher will take care of the rest.
  6. Garbage disposals can waste water unnecessarily.  Use them only for really messy stuff, not a heap of peels that can be easily dumped in the compost.
  7. Soak pans rather then scrubbing them while the water is running.
  8. Rinse your vegetables in a pan of cold water; it doesn’t take gallons of water to get the dirt off.
  9. Steam your vegetables instead of boiling them in a pot of water.
  10. Don’t over water your houseplants.   More plants die form over watering then from being on the dry side.  Collect rainwater or recycle water from fish tanks to water your plants.