The City is challenging Calgarians to reduce the amount of water wasted by household leaks, which, according to The City’s Water Efficiency Plan accounts for up to 10 per cent of household water use. Public Program Coordinator Amanda Ginn says leaky toilets are the worst offenders.
“One in four toilets is leaking silently, which could be wasting 2,800 litres of water a month. That’s 28 bathtubs full.”
February is Household Leak Awareness Month in Calgary and The City is trying to increase awareness about the impact that simple actions have on our water supply, starting with detecting and repairing leaks at home.
“Residents account for 52 per cent of Calgary’s water demand,” said Ginn. “Anything you do can have an impact,” starting with finding and fixing toilet leaks. “We’re trying to show people that detecting and fixing leaks is easy.”
Water Services’ Leaky Toilet Test – a three step technique for dealing with a leaky toilet – encourages citizens to take a proactive approach to water conservation. The point is that leaky toilet repairs could save you up to $100 a year and make a big difference towards The City’s water efficiency goal of a 30 per cent reduction in per capita water demand over 30 years, known as the 30-in-30 plan.
“The goal is to support future population growth with the same amount of water removed from the river in 2003.”
The City's Water Services estimates that if all the leaky toilets in Calgary were fixed, Calgarians could save up to 8,400 mega litres of water a year. "That's enough to fill 3,360 Olympic-sized pools," said Ginn.
When asked if she is optimistic about Calgary’s fresh water supply heading into the future, Ginn reported that “despite a population increase of approximately 400,000 people, Calgary is already using less water on average than we did in the 80’s.”
The City, too, is working towards reducing water demand. “We’re just as responsible as Calgarians and are committed to conserving water in our own operations,” said Ginn. “From our leak inspection crews who locate and repair pipe leaks to plant upgrades, we are saving millions of litres of water every year.”
The City is asking Calgarians to weigh the environment into everyday decisions about consumption, including taking action to find and repair leaky fixtures. “There are other considerations, but the environment should be one.”