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Water Conservation Tools

With our climate and accessible resources, it's easy to take water for granted. The City encourages residents to use water sustainably to protect our water supply, conserve energy, and help reduce personal utility costs.

Tap into Water Conservation

  • Purchase an indoor and outdoor Water Conservation Kit from the City for $10
  • Use a City Rain Barrel to collect rain water for use in gardens and planters
  • Follow the Lawn Sprinkling Regulations. Your lawn only needs 25 mm (1 inch) of water per week

Other Water Conservation Tips

  • Watering lawns sparingly or not at all saves up to 17,000 litres per household over the summer months
  • Spring-loaded garden hose nozzles save 23 litres per minute
  • Full loads and shorter cycles in the laundry room save 95 litres per load
  • Low-flow toilets save six to 14 litres per flush
  • Toilet inserts save up to 100 litres per day
  • Aerator and flow restrictors on the kitchen tap save up to 20 litres per day
  • Fixed leaks in kitchen and bathroom taps save 47 litres per day

City of Burnaby Water Conservation Kits

Water conservation kits are available to Burnaby residents at the Engineering Department of Burnaby City Hall. Follow the link and scroll down that page for Engineering Department contact information.

The components of these kits can help you save thousands of litres of water year-round. Each kit is specially priced at $10.00 (including tax) and can be purchased with cash or debit.

Indoor Water Saver Kit

This kit can help you retrofit your kitchen and bathroom to help reduce water use by 15 to 20 percent.

Price: $10.00 each (includes tax)
Limit: 1 indoor water saver kit per household
Information: 604-294-7460

Each Indoor Water Saver Kit includes:
  • 1 Earth Massage Showerhead
    • Saves up to 75 litres of water during a 10-minute shower
    • Adjustable massage spray that goes from a gentle needle to forceful jet
    • Self-cleaning and maintenance free
 
  • 1 dual setting Touch Flow kitchen aerator (aerators are small screens that screw on to taps and add air to water flow, so you get adequate spray using less water)
    • Uses less than 6 litres of water per minute
    • Choice of aerated jet and wide spray
    • Swivel action for effective cleaning
 
  • 2 faucet sink aerators
    • uses less than 4 litres of water per minute
    • casing of solid brass with polished chrome finish
    • flow control constructed of long-lasting plastic
 
  • 1 package leak detection dye tablets
    • used to test for water leaking from toilet tank to toilet bowl
    • a leaking toilet can waste up to 150 litres of water a day
 
  • 1 shower timer
    • 5-minute shower coach tracks the length of your showers
 
  • 1 roll of Teflon tape
    • Prevents water from leaking at hose and attachment connections
 

Outdoor Water Saver Kit

If you, like many others, have forgotten to turn off the sprinkler or left the hose running after use, you'll appreciate the automatic timer and spring-loaded trigger nozzle hose gun in this kit.  Residents can save up to 21 cubic metres of water per year with this kit (calculations based on common factors like hose leakage and watering time). This is equivalent to 90 full bathtubs!

Price: $10.00 each (includes tax)
Limit: 1 outdoor water saver kit per household
Information: 604-294-7460

Each Outdoor Water Saver Kit Includes:
  • 1 heavy-duty water gun with 7-pattern spray head
    • heavy-duty metal construction
    • 7-pattern spray head
    • slip resistant, ergonomic design
    • great for washing cars and general watering
 
  • 1 mechanical water timer
    • automatic shut off
    • "egg timer" design (chronometer)
    • Works with low-pressure drip and soaker hoses
    • Turns on and off easily like a faucet
    • Never overwater again. Simply set and forget
 
  • 1 screw clamp hose mender 
    • fits 5/8" - 3/4" hoses
    • repair a leaky hose instead of buying a new one
water conservation hose clamp 3 
  • 6 hose washers
    • Prevents water from leaking at hose connections
Water Conservation - Outdoor - Hose Washers 2 

City of Burnaby Rain Barrel

Rain barrels are a great way for green-thumbed residents to keep their gardens fresh and watered. With lawn sprinkling regulations in effect from June 1 to September 30, rain barrels are an affordable gardening solution.

Rain barrel water keeps your plants healthier because the water is unchlorinated and oxygen-rich.  Each barrel holds up to 341 litres of water and can help you save on bills and water consumption.

Residents can purchase rain barrels at the Still Creek Recycling and Yard Waste Depot, specially priced at $70.00 (includes tax). As quantities are limited, purchase is limited to one barrel per household with cash or debit only. 

For further information, please contact Sanitation General Inquiries Line at 604-294-7210.

Additional Resources

Metro Vancouver
www.metrovancouver.org/services/water/conservation/Pages/default.aspx
Phone: 604-432-6200

For other water conservation tips:

Metro Vancouver
www.metrovancouver.org/services/water/conservation/Pages/residential.aspx

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/inpr/su/waho/waho_003.cfm

Recycling Council of BC Hotline
http://rcbc.bc.ca/ 
Phone: 604-732-9253

 

 

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