As the region grows, so does the demand for drinking water. Our message: be water wise and help look after this important resource. We offer a number of programs to help residents reduce their water use:
Help for Business
We offer technical and financial help for business in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. Check out the ways we can help you use less water and reduce utility bills.
Complete our online self-audit tool to find out how much water you are using and get helpful tips on how to reduce your consumption. Register with us to qualify for a free in-home consultation if your water use is above 240 litres per person per day. See if you can get down to 165 litres per person per day with our help.
Our bi-annual community publication tells you about our latest stories and program updates to help you save money and protect the environment.
The fall 2015 edition is here.
Outdoor water conservation
During summer months, water use can increase by up to 50 per cent. Learn ways to use less water for outdoor activities. Click on any of the following topics for more information:
Water Conservation bylaw:
In effect from May 31 to Sept. 30. By following the Region's Water Conservation Bylaw 07-069 (and amendments), which limit outdoor water use to specific days and times, you help to reduce peak water use and limit the risk of an outdoor watering ban.
Rainwater collection using barrels and harvesting tanks is a great way to save water. Check with local retailers for options available. Also check with your city public works department to see if you qualify for a storm sewer surcharge credit if you are currently using rain barrels.
Rain Barrel Distribution
April 28, 2012 marked the Region's last single-day rain barrel sale. Over the 12-year program, nearly 50,000 rain barrels were distributed to the community. Stay tuned to this site for new rainwater harvesting programming from the Region in the future. The Region of Waterloo may soon be offering incentives for large rainwater collection tanks.
Thank you to those who attended this year's Naturescaping Seminars. Stay tuned for news on our 2016 series.
Water Efficiency Master Plan 2015-2025
The Water Efficiency Master Plan sets goals and targets for conservation to the year 2025. To learn more go to Water Efficiency Master Plan 2015-2025.
Toilet Replacement Program:
The Region of Waterloo's Toilet Replacement Program ended on June 30, 2014.
We are no longer accepting applications for the program.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the program over the last 20 years. Together, we replaced nearly 80,000 water-guzzling toilets with new, high efficiency models.
Please note that it is still very important to check for leaks around your home. Your toilet can silently leak up to 300 litres a day and cost you a lot of money.
Check if your toilet is leaking (PDF)
Residents of Waterloo Region tend to use water softeners since we get most of our water from the ground where the hardness can clog up pipes and harm appliances over time. But not all water softeners are the same and some use much more water and salt to remove hardness than others do. The Region of Waterloo and the City of Guelph worked together to test various softeners to rate how much salt and water they use to do their job.
Visit our Water Softener Facts website for full test reports, hardness maps and more.
Community & schools
To encourage conservation, the Region offers funding to local cities and townships. We also prepare educational material for teachers, environmental groups and others interested in learning more about water.
Cities & Townships: funding is provided for a water distribution system leak program.
Educational resources: Fun, water-related activities for children and free materials adapted for different age groups to help teachers and environmental groups discuss water protection and conservation are available at no cost. For more information, visit our Teacher Resources page.