Lowering Your “Blue” Footprint
Natural Resources As global citizens we need to start recognizing the “blue” within our daily activities and begin making a conscious effort to lower our water footprint.
Water is essential for all life on earth, and we must work together to ensure its sustainability for ourselves and for future generations.
How you shop
Support industry leaders in water stewardship. Show how Canadian’s care about our water resources through our purchasing power as a consumer by supporting brands that have invested in water sustainability.
How you garden
Rainwater harvesting can save money and energy. Urban communities across Canada have experienced a fair share of rainfall this summer; it is a perfect resource to harvest in barrels or watering cans in your backyard and use instead of fresh water to grow your beautiful garden!
How you shower
Installing low-flow showerheads is an inexpensive solution that will reduce the water you use in your shower and save on energy.
How you park
Supporting water management in your community by having an unpaved driveway, this will reduce rainwater runoff and protect your property from future reoccurring extreme weather events.
How you wash
Outdated washing machines can use up to 200 liters per wash! Try investing in a more environmentally and energy friendly model; if not, wash only when you have a full load of laundry!
How you flush
Toilets are the main water waster in your home, accounting for one third of household water use. Invest in low-flow toilets, and avoid flushing down items that can be disposed in the garbage. Only 47 percent of Canadian households have low-flow toilets.
How you print
It takes 10 liters of water to produce a single 8.5x11 sheet of paper; keep this in mind next time you click “print”!
How you save
Save on energy and utilities by checking your water meter for potential leaks in your piping, and overall reduce unnecessary water use; do not let your taps run! Only 39 percent of Canadian households have a water meter.
How you contribute
Contributing to local community initiatives that support water conservation and improve the quality of our surrounding rivers, lakes, and oceans.
How you create change
Educate yourself and those around you on the importance of water management, not only for environmental sustainability but for improving economic efficiency of your home, your city and our country.