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Summer Water Leak Challenge with Sussex Realty

All of us need access to clean drinking water. But sometimes, bad habits, and broken or inefficient appliances or fixtures can lead to water waste. As Winnipeggers, all of us are able to access a seemingly unlimited flow of clean and abundant drinking water in our homes, yet there are environmental and economic costs to water wastage that affect all of us.

According to Environment Canada, water conservation is beneficial because "a reduction in water use will not only reduce the volume of polluted water, but will also allow municipal sewage treatment plants to function better because they work best with more concentrated inflow. In all cases, the goal of water conservation is to use our water resources more efficiently. Water conservation allows us to do the same task or job, but with much less water."

Through the support of City of Winnipeg's Water and Waste Department, FortWhyte Alive and Sussex Realty Property Management are working together to tackle the problem of water leaks in properties throughout the city.

Summer Leak Detector Challenge for Sussex Realty Tenants

There are many small actions everyone can take to use water more sustainably. The Leak Detector Challenge is a fun and easy way to save water and WIN!

Tenants of Sussex Realty properties are invited to follow the directions below to help conserve water in their buildings.

Here's how your family can participate:

  1. Check for leaks in toilets, taps and showers. See Water Saving Tips below.
  2. Report any leaks to your Resident Manager.
  3. Share your personal water conservation tip via our online form to be entered to win 1 of 20 Family Passes to FortWhyte Alive, to be awarded through random draw on September 1, 2018.

Take the challenge!

Take the challenge today to save water and you chance to win!


 

Water Saving Tips

1. Check for leaks: Water waste may be happening right under your nose!

  • Toilet leaks can sometimes be seen or heard, but can also be silent and difficult to detect. Add a drop of food dye to your toilet tank, don't flush for 15 minutes, and watch the colour of water in the toilet bowl. If the coloured water from the tank begins to seep into the bowl, you have a silent leak! Toilet leaks can waste over 135 litres of water per day, the equivalent volume of a 20 minute shower.
  • Drip, drop – a faucet or showerhead dripping only once every 30 seconds will waste 20 litres a month, the equivalent of running the shower full blast for 3 minutes. You can measure a faucet leak using a measuring cup and measuring spoons. Collect drips for 1 minute into a measuring cup. If you receive a measurable amount, multiply the collected volume in millilitres per minute by 1440 and then divide the result by 1000 to find out how many litres are wasted per 24 hour period.
  • Check often. Even new, efficient fixtures can develop leaks.

2. Conserve Every Day: There's more you can do!

  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving, instead of letting it run.
  • Plug the sink drain when washing vegetables, doing dishes or pre-washing laundry. 
  • Use a shower timer, to help reduce time spent in the shower. Five minutes is do-able! Studies show that showers are the second largest water user in the home, next to toilet flushes. Shower timers are available at the FortWhyte Nature Shop.
  • Drink tap water. Buying bottled water is expensive, and disposable bottles have a negative environmental impact. Keep a jug or bottle of tap water in the fridge, rather than running the tap to get a cold drink.

3. Other Sustainability Tips:

  • Keep your drains healthy. Things that go into the sewer through toilets, sinks or storm drains can end up in our rivers. Do not flush garbage down the toilet, and dispose of fats and oils and other food waste in kitchen garbage, or compost if you can! For a list of what not to flush, visit this City of Winnipeg page.
  • Choose greener cleaners. City wastewater treatment systems cannot remove all pollutants from sewage, including micro-plastics, pharmaceuticals, and toxic substances such as oil, antifreeze and household hazardous chemicals . Choose detergents and cleaning products that are environmentally certified and biodegradable. Avoid products containing microbeads,  tiny pieces of plastic put into exfoliating scrubs and cleaners, which can be mistaken for food by aquatic organisms.
  • Clean up after your pet. Pet waste contains bacteria that are harmful to humans and the environment. Pick up pet waste, tie up the bag tightly, and dispose of it in the garbage.
  • Choose a carwash with a good environmental mandate. When washing your car at a car wash, ask to see their environmental policies.

Did you know?

The average Winnipegger uses 160 litres of water per day at home. That's a just under one standard bathtub of water per person!

What are you waiting for?

Take the challenge today to save water and you chance to win!

Here's how your family can participate:

  1. Check for leaks in toilets, taps and showers. See Water Saving Tips below.
  2. Report any leaks to your Resident Manager.
  3. Share your personal water conservation tip via our online form to be entered to win 1 of 20 Family Passes to FortWhyte Alive, to be awarded through random draw on September 1, 2018.

FortWhyte Alive delivers the Slow the Flow program with support from the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department.

   Wally Watersaver


 

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