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.
Rain Barrel Distribution - It's back!
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Region will once again hold a single-day rain barrel distribution beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Conestoga Mall, Fairview Park Mall and Cambridge Centre. Barrels will be sold for only $40 (tax included) on a cash only, first come, first served basis. You must be a resident of Waterloo Region and there is a limit of one barrel per person, per household.
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.
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.
In-home consultations include a professional checking all water using fixtures and appliances for water efficiency and leaks. Residents are provided with a report with tips and suggestions to lower water consumption based on the information collected during the audit.
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.
Brochure about plants and grasses that don't demand much water
Tips for other outdoor watering activities
Thank you to those who attended this year's Naturescaping Seminars. Stay tuned for news on our 2017 series.
Multi-residential Flapper Replacement Program
The Region of Waterloo is now offering incentives for multi-residential units to save water and money. We are offering up to $15 per residential unit to replace toilet flappers, showerheads and tap aerators that could save thousands of dollars.
To take advantage of this offer, please call 519-575-4400 ext. 3151
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.