Conserving water in Victoria

Water-wise Plumbing: Call Our Experienced Plumbers in Victoria Today!

We are fortunate in Victoria to have reliable water resources, but that doesn’t mean they’re limitless. With the arrival of the summer heat, comes the dry weather season and the need to conserve water.

In the summer of 2015, wildfires raged throughout BC. The Government of British Columbia declared a Stage 4 drought on Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, and Haida Gwaii. During this time the Government urged residents, as well as industrial and agricultural industries, to reduce their water consumption by 20 percent.

Why not be pre-emptive and make water conservation a way of life? We can all strive to keep the high demands on our water supply only for the things we need most, like drinking and cleaning, and not waste it on things like overwatering our lawns or allowing leaky faucets to drip.

Residential Water Conservation Tips
By applying the handy tips below, your home, lawn and garden can cope with drought conditions and you can minimize your water usage. All the while, saving money on your water bills too!


  • Fix the hose. A dripping hose bibb can lose up to 180 gallons a month or 2,160 gallons per year.
  • Limit watering your lawn to once a week.
  • Micro Irrigation is a green way to water your garden and save water.
  • Choose native plants for your garden; they use less water than exotic plants.
  • Check irrigation system frequently for leaks.
  • Use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation.
  • Set your lawn mower blades one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation.


  • Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge, instead of running the tap until it cools.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes.
  • Have shorter showers; wash hair less often.
  • Catch bath or shower water in a bucket for watering gardens and planters.
  • Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
  • When replacing appliances, always choose high-efficiency options.
  • Install low-flow toilets. They account for 30% of indoor water use.
  • Flush toilets only when necessary. Unnecessary flushing wastes up to 1,000 litres of water per year.

How Plumbers in Victoria, BC Can Help
Does your bathroom or laundry room smell mouldy? You could have leaks coming from big water wasters in your plumbing system such as toilets, the washing machine, or your faucets. That’s when it’s time to call in a professional plumbing contractor in Victoria, BC.

At Archie Johnstone Plumbing & Heating, we serve all your plumbing needs for residents in Victoria and throughout Vancouver Island. We can help you locate and fix those water wasters to save you time and money all year long. Contact us today!

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