State of Emergency
Mayor Josh Morgan has declared a State of Emergency due to increasing flooding impacts. With several roads closed and areas experiencing flooding, the City is advising residents to stay home.
Every drop of drinking/potable water used or wasted carries with it an environmental impact, as there is a large energy and environmental footprint to our water cycle. Treating and pumping our water and sewage is responsible for about one-third of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from municipal operations in Ontario. More efficient water use can limit these impacts.
Every litre of water that does not need to be treated and pumped reduces energy use and emissions. Water conservation and efficiency can also help defer or avoid municipal infrastructure upgrades and reduce harm to our aquatic ecosystems and wetlands.
In London, the majority (approx. 34%) of a person’s daily water consumption is used for bathing. Of the water used, almost half is heated.
Heating water for bathing requires a lot of energy in the form of natural gas - in fact, it can account for approximately 25% of the energy consumed in your home.
You can lower your water and energy use, and save money, by:
Showers - Did you know?
Drip, drop - It wastes a lot
Wasting this much water makes your water bill skyrocket and puts a strain on the wastewater system.
Hot Water - It takes forever!
Do you find yourself running the tap for more than 30 seconds while waiting for hot water? If so, you may want to install a hot water recirculation unit to help save money on your water bill and limit wasted water.
A hot water recirculation unit works by circulating water through the pipes so that room temperature water can return to be reheated, rather than go down the drain. When you want hot water, it's there instantly.
As every property is unique, please contact a professional for more information on whether this system can help you save money and water in your home.
Your toilet - how low-flow can you go?
There are many ways to save water through your toilet use - including reducing the number of times you flush per day, finding and repairing any leaks you have and retrofitting your home and toilets to be more water efficient.
Did you know?
Small things you can do to make a big difference in your water bill:
Find savings in your laundry.
Washing full loads of laundry with a high efficiency front-loading washing machine is the best way to conserve water.
Washing machines: Did you know?
Small things you can do to make a big difference:
The way in which you water your lawn is just as important as how often and how much water you use. It is important to choose the right irrigation system for the landscape.
Turning off the main water supply to your home is the best defense against flooding caused by a burst pipe or other plumbing failure.
First, locate the main water supply valve in your home. The valve should have a wheel control or lever handle to open and close it. It is perfectly safe to turn it off by either turning the wheel clockwise or closing the lever.
If you don’t know where to locate the valve, you may find it:
Rather than leave it to the last minute before you head off, find it and turn it off to test if the water stops flowing in your house beforehand.