While there are numerous water-saving tips that you can consider implementing, did you know that the City of Vancouver sells water saving kits for homes at City Hall?
They're only $12 each (the retail value is $30). The kits include:
• one self-cleaning showerhead
• one dual-setting Touch Flow kitchen aerator
• two faucet sink aerators
• two toilet tank bags (which displaces the water in your toilet tank, reducing the amount of water you use when you flush)
• one roll of Teflon tape to prevent leaks at hose connections
There is a limit of two kits per household. You will also need to show your driver's license or utility bill to prove you live in Vancouver.
The kits will reduce up to 20 percent of water usage and help you save up to 15 percent on your water-heating bill.
For full details, visit the City of Vancouver website.
The City of Burnaby sells similar water-saving kits for $10. Theirs has almost all the same items but instead of the toilet tank bags, they include leak-detection dye-tablets and a shower timer.
The City of Coquitlam has indoor ($6), outdoor ($8), and combination (both indoor and outdoor, $12) water-wise kits, as well as electronic water timers ($30). They also sell rain barrels ($55), though supplies are listed on the website as being low at the moment.
The District of North Vancouver has a toilet rebate program.
The District of West Vancouver is currently out of rain barrels. However, they have clothes washer and low-flush toilet rebate programs.
Check your city's website to find out if they have any special water conservation programs, rebates, or kits.
Note that all cities require proof of residency for these purchases.