Water Conservation Plan
The goal of Water
conservation planning is to achieve more efficient water-use by residential,
industrial, commercial and institutional consumers in the City of Prince George.
The impetus for moving toward water conservation is both economic and
environmental. Economic concerns include a desire to alleviate capacity
constraints, defer infrastructure replacement costs, and reduce operational
costs. Environmental considerations involve minimizing the impact of both
extracting and subsequently releasing treated city water to the natural
environment. This document is the amalgamation of efforts and strategies to
increase water-use efficiency and allow for the sustainable supply of water for
all users, and presents a comprehensive plan for the conservation of the water
resources in Prince George.
The entire Water Conservation Plan is available in PDF format.
Indoor Water Conservation
Ever wonder where all the water goes in a typical home. Most of it goes
down the toilet. Surprisingly, very little of it is used for actual drinking.
***These statistics do not account for water used outdoors.
Typical water use inside the home
Estimated Water Use for Fixtures and Appliances
American Water Works Association)
Follow the Three Waterwise
Reduce: Reducing your water use is as simple as turning off
the tap while brushing your teeth, operating dishwashers and washing machines
with full loads.
Repair: Fix leaks as soon as you find them. Leaky taps and
toilets cost you money.
Retrofit: Install faucet aerators, replace an old showerhead
with a new, low-flow model, or replace an old toilet with a ultra-low flush
model. Water used in the bathroom can be reduced up to 50%.
Outdoor Water Conservation
- A lawn requires only about one inch (2.5 cm) of water per week. That works
to only a half hour of sprinkling twice a week on your sprinkling day.
- To minimize water evaporation and mould and fungus problems, watering should
be done during the cool parts of your sprinkling day, either early in the
morning or in the evening.
- Less watering promotes deeper, healthier lawn roots.
- Your lawn retains more moisture if it is cut to 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm)
in length. Taller grass shades and cools the soil and tall grasses grow at a
slower rate, so it won't need to be mowed as often.
- Aerate your lawn to allow air, water and fertilizer to reach the roots.
- Please ensure that your automatic irrigation system is properly set within
the permitted times. Turn off automatic irrigation system OFF when it rains and
reset the timer afterwards.
- Avoid watering on windy days.
- Make sure that paved areas and sidewalks are not watered.
Water Use Restriction
Hours of Water
- Please be advised that water use restrictions are in effect 365 days a year
- For more information please see the water use
Water Use Restriction Exemption
- If you require an exemption to the Water Use Restrictions, please contact
Other Tips to Conserve Water Outdoors
When washing your vehicle, make sure that a spring-loaded nozzle is used to
eliminate any wasting of water.
Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Put a layer of mulch around the base of trees and shrubs to retain moisture
and reduce weed growth.
Plant drought resistant trees and plants.
Rain Barrels for Sale
On sale now at the REAPS Garden (1950 Gorse Street).
Rain barrels include:
- Ultraviolet resistant materials that will not rust, break-down or corrode.
- Ball valve with garden hose fitting mounted at base.
- Lid with filtering screen to keep barrel free of debris and insects.
- Opaque colour to reduce algae growth.
Benefits of rain barrels:
- Harvesting of rainwater is free
- Rainwater is better for your lawn and garden because it is not treated with
Chlorine and Fluoride
- Using rainwater reduces demands on stormwater systems
- Stored rainwater is warmer and will not “shock” plants or lawns
- No pumping is required, so there are no electricity costs
- Setup is easy, and little maintenance is required
Rain barrels are only $65.00, taxes included.
Volunteer Water Metering Program
In order to ensure our current water supply remains reliable and healthy
and that it continues to meet the needs of our community and the supporting
environment well into the future, the City of Prince George has implemented a
Volunteer Water Metering Program, which is part of the City's Water Conservation
efforts. It is hoped the conservation program will increase awareness around the
need to be more responsible in our use of water resources and encourage a
greater commitment to conserve water where possible. If you are interested in
volunteering, please give the Utilities Division a call at 561-7550.
Remember to Use Water Wisely!