The City of Ottawa’s Utilities Department offers the following water conservation tips:

• Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year.

• Check all plumbing for leaks. Have leaks repaired by a plumber.

• Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

• Install an instant hot water heater on your sink.

• Insulate your water pipes to reduce heat loss and prevent them from breaking.

• Install a water-softening system only when the minerals in the water would damage your pipes. Turn the softener off while on vacation.

• Choose appliances that are more energy and water efficient.

• Consider purchasing a low-volume toilet that uses less than half the water of older models.

• Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.

• Avoid letting the water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving.

• Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. Use the “light wash” feature, if available, to use less water.

• Hand wash dishes by filling two containers — one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a small amount of chlorine bleach.

• Clean vegetables in a pan filled with water rather than running water from the tap.

• Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Do not let the tap run while you are waiting for water to cool.

For more water conservation tips, go to the city’s website: www.ottawaks.gov