Water Conservation
(August 23, 2013)

In the Town of Creston, where we are surrounded by an abundance of water and experience significant rainfall, it is easy to forget that water is a precious and limited resource. During the summer months, water consumption increases by up to 50%, and during particularly dry times, water can be used faster than the Arrow Creek system can refill.

Because of this, the Town of Creston and the Regional District of the Central Kootenay, along with Columbia Basin Trust, have established a water conservation strategy. This program is aimed at reducing basin wide water consumption by 20% by 2015. In order to achieve this goal, we must all do our part to lessen our water footprint.

Financial Benefits of Conserving Water:

Becoming more water efficient reduces the full scope of water costs, including:

  • Maintaining the water supply infrastructure;
  • Delaying the cost of infrastructure upgrades;
  • Treating and disposing of waste water, and;
  • Heating water for home use, impacting your energy bills.

What You Can Do:

  • Don’t over water your lawns or gardens. Sign up for a FREE “Household Outdoor Water Assessment” to learn about proper watering methods and ways to conserve water outdoors while also receiving a FREE hose timer or rain sensor (service available from June 1st to August 31st annually).

  • Follow the “Water Conservation Measures” in effect annually June1st to September 30th.
    Will my lawn die?
    No, in fact, over-watering your lawn makes grass weak and more susceptible to disease. Most lawns need about 25 mm (1 inch) of water per week. Even without rainfall, you can provide your lawn with 25 mm (1 inch) of water in about one hour per week.

  • Switch to low flow toilets and appliances. Click here to download the “Low Flow Toilet Rebate Application Form”.

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and washing dishes.

  • Take shorter showers.

  • Listen and look for leaks.

    Leaking faucets consume a lot of water:
          280 liters/week (slow drip);
          750 liters/week (fast drip), and;
          3700 liters/week (steady stream such as a broken pipe).