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Outdoor Water Conservation

Find out about outdoor water conservation, water efficient gardens and landscaping and automatic irrigation system efficiency.

Practice wise water use through efficient lawn, garden, and landscape design and maintenance.

Water-efficient gardens

  1. Assess your landscape:
    1. Soil type: Assess your soil.
      1. Submit a sample to a certified agricultural professional.
      2. Complete a home assessment using a mason jar. 
    2. Climate and light exposure: Note areas of direct sunlight, shade, wind and precipitation.
    3. Drainage: Understand your property's elevation and soil type.
    4. Usage: Identify your lawn and garden's water needs.
    5. Select native, drought-tolerant plants.
  2. Consider plants that are:
    1. Easy to maintain
    2. Tend to attract birds and beneficial insects
  3. Use a rain barrel.
  4. Use attractive, colourful low-water demand landscaping and shrubs:
    1. Scree gardens: Gravel and rock formations that improve drainage at the base of a slope
    2. Groundcovers: Prevent erosion and weeds, great for difficult areas
    3. Shade gardens: Variety of shaded plants that trap moisture and limit evaporation

Automatic irrigation systems

Poorly designed, installed or maintained irrigation systems can result in significant over-consumption of water. If you are installing or maintaining an automatic irrigation system, ensure that:

  • Your contractor is certified with the Irrigation Association and provides feedback on the efficiency of your irrigation system
  • You have a rain sensor
  • You and your family know how to operate the system
  • You regularly check for leaks and overwatering
  • You use water-efficient products and layout

Looking for a rain barrel?

You can purchase a rain barrel for your home by visiting an online/local retailer.

Water demand can double in summer months. Halton Region encourages efficient outdoor water use in order to reduce peak water demand and avoid the need to implement outdoor water use restrictions. Outdoor water use restrictions may be required in order to ensure a continuous, reliable supply of safe drinking water for essential use and emergency firefighting service. To learn more about current water restriction levels, visit Outdoor Water Use and Restrictions