Water Conservation

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Think Water Smart!

Water is a precious commodity and we owe it to ourselves to use this resource wisely and to minimize waste. Windermere Water and Sewer Company Inc. & Parr Utilities Ltd. have committed to be part of a watersmart community by educating about water consumption.

Tips for Saving Water Indoors

  • Install water saving showerheads
  • Take the 5-minute shower challenge
  • Don't run the water when you brush teeth, shave, wash dishes, etc.
  • Repair leaking toilets
  • Use a wastepaper basket instead of the toilet for tissues and dental floss
  • Use dishwashers and washing machines only when full
  • Fix leaky taps

Tips for Saving Water Outdoors

  • Minimize landscaping and lawn area
  • Use ornamental grasses and groundcovers
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks
  • Consider drip irrigation for individual shrubs
Water Meters

The Utilities Water Tariff terms and conditions for service requires that you install an approved water meter with a remote reader unit.

The required water meter is a Neptune 5/8 x 3/4" T-10 meter with an E-Coder R900i (m3) register and is available from:

Fred Surridge Ltd.
1245 Industrial Road
Kelowna, BC V1Z 1G4
Attn: Matt Stoltz
(250) 769-9000

Water Meter Installation
  • The water meter and remote reader must be installed and inspected prior to water being turned on by the Utility field staff and is the third device installed on the main water supply at the point of entry into the home. The meter is preceded by a Shut Off Valve and a Pressure Reducing Valve and is then followed by a Back Flow Preventor.
  • For standard residential applications, the Neptune water meter must be installed horizontally, and if necessary be installed with a meter horn to meet that requirement.
Commercial Applications
  • As each project will differ from the other, please contact our office for specific requirements for your Commercial building at (250) 342-6999 or at info{at}windermerewater{dot}com

Please note, that prior to any water services being activated, the approved Neptune water meter and remote reader must be installed and inspected for compliance.

Water Conserving Plumbing Fixtures

If you are interested in installing water conserving plumbing fixtures, the following is a list of 'flow' specifications of some plumbing fixtures:

Plumbing Fixture
Suggested Maximum Flow

Toilet

Dual Flush (3/6 litres per flush - 1.3 gallons) or Single Flush (4 litres per flush)

Urinals

3.8 litres per cycle (0.85 gallons)

Shower Heads

9.5 litres per minute (2.15 gallons)

Lavatory & Kitchen Faucets

8.3 litres per minute (1.8 gallons)

These water-conserving fixtures are now readily available and are already mandatory in Ontario and in some BC municipalities such as Kelowna and Vernon. A Neptune water meter and remote reader that meets the Water Utilities specifications is mandatory for service.

Quick Facts
  • Of the world's freshwater supply, about one third is found underground.
  • Once evaporated, a water molecule spends about 10 days in the air.
  • Canada holds 20 per cent of the world's freshwater, but only has 7 per cent of the world's fresh renewable water.
  • On average, 6 per cent of Canada's urban population live in municipalities that do not provide sewage treatment.
  • Water consumption usually drops 18-25 per cent after a water meter is installed.
  • Toilets (while consuming nearly one quarter of our municipal water supply) use over 40% more water than needed.
  • Many homes lose more water from leaky taps than they need for cooking and drinking.
  • Residential indoor water use in Canada: toilet - 30 per cent, bathing and showering - 35 per cent, laundry - 20 per cent, kitchen and drinking - 10 per cent, cleaning - 5 per cent.
  • Water uses and consumption: toilet flush - 15-20L, shower (10 min.) - 100L, tub bath - 60L, automatic dishwashing - 40L, dishwashing by hand - 35L, hand washing - 8L, brushing teeth - 10L, outdoor watering - 35L/min., washing machine - 225L.