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Water Consumption

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   Status: Stable

Saskatoon benefits from an abundance of water from the South Saskatchewan River.  The treatment of water and waste water, however, use significant energy and chemical inputs, generating environmental and financial concerns as the city grows. 
 
Measuring the per capita water consumption is a success indicator in the Strategic Plan
Where are we now?
 

Per capita residential use improved when new conservation-based water rates were introduced in 2010 and have remained fairly stable over the past 6 years.

 
Data Table
Water Consumption
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Per capita residential water use (litres per capita per day) 290 283 230 243 230 233 215 223 208

Source: City of Saskatoon – Saskatoon Water 

What are we doing?
 

Be Water Wise 

The City is providing residents, businesses and institutions the education and tools to reduce their water consumption.

Smart Meters  

The City is installing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure system that will provide more accurate water use information to residents and help them find ways to conserve. 

Rain Barrel Rebate  

Residents can qualify for a $20 rebate on a newly purchased rain barrel to help save water and reduce their utility bills. 

What can you do?
Find out how to use less water on your yard and garden with tips from the Be Water Wise campaign and Healthy Yards
 
Consider upgrading your showerhead, toilets, and taps. New water efficient models have been engineered to deliver high performance at the same time as saving you money.
 
Check your home for leaks. Toilets are the most common cause of wasted water and high water bills.
 

Did You Know?

Replacing older model toilets with low-flow, low capacity models can reduce the amount 'flushed' away by up to 65%.