Home and Car Owners Can Protect Streams and Aquatic
Own a Car or Home? You Can Protect Streams and Aquatic
Maintenance Practices: Conserve water by repairing
leaky faucets and toilets, replacing washers in hose connectors,
and cleaning downspouts and gutters manually, without using a hose.
Sweeping Paved Areas: Instead of hosing, sweep
sidewalks and driveways and put the sweepings in the garbage. If
you have organic debris, compost it! You will save water and prevent
pollutants and debris from entering streams from storm drains.
Indoor Water Conservation:
1 - Showers and Baths
2 - Toilet Flushing
3 - Laundry
4 - Kitchen and Drinking
5 - Cleaning
Nearly 65 percent of all indoor household water use occurs in the
bathroom. Installing shower heads and faucets with low flow aerators
and getting an ultra low-flush toilet (6L rather than 18L!) are
an excellent start. If buying a new toilet isn't an option, it may
be less expensive to buy water saving attachments to reduce the
amount of water that older toilets use. Environment Canada has excellent
information on how to reduce water usage.
1 - Appliances
2 - Space Heating
3 - Water Heating
4 - Lighting
5 - Space Cooling
Turn off lights when leaving a room
Keep your thermostat low
Only run dishwashers and washing machines when full
Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs that can
save 1/4 of the energy and last 10 times as long
Set your water heater thermostat between 50 and 55 degrees Celsius
(120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit).
Insulate old water heaters and pipes
Often people forget, or don't even realize, that energy used in
our homes comes from hydroelectric power sources as well as oil
and diesel burning power plants.
While we wait for industry to convert to more environmentally friendly
methods of energy production, reducing our private energy use as
much as possible can go a long way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
and destruction of wildlife habitat by dam construction.
Car Washing: Use automatic car washes that recycle
water and properly dispose of detergents, or park and wash your
car on grass instead of paved surfaces. Allowing pollutants to filter
through soil reduces the waste that enters our waterways.
Disposal of Oil and Chemicals: Never dump oil
or other chemicals down storm drains, and make sure these pollutants
are not leaking onto driveways or other paved surfaces. Oil and
chemicals on pavement can wash into storm drains that discharge
directly into waterways. Take toxic substances to disposal and recycling
facilities. Cover any oil or chemical spills with absorbent materials,
such as sand or kitty litter, then collect and dispose of these
materials in the garbage.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Finding new ways to use
old things, giving used items to people who can reuse them, and
sending materials to recycling centres helps conserve our limited
resources for the benefit of future generations and our environment.