Water Conservation

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:
  • Delaying the cost of infrastructure upgrades
  • Heating water for home use, impacting your energy bills
  • Maintaining the water supply infrastructure
  • Treating and disposing of waste water
What You Can Do to Help
  • 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 (service available for residents of Creston and Erickson from June 1 - August 31 annually).
    • For a free household outdoor water assessment contact:
      Water Smart Ambassador
      Phone: (250) 254-0376
      Email: water.ambassador@creston.ca
  • Follow the Water Conservation Measures (PDF) in effect annually June 1 - September 30.
  • Listen and look for leaks.
    • Leaking faucets consume a lot of water:
      • Slow drip: 280 liters per week
      • Fast drip: 750 liters per week
      • Steady stream (broken pipe): 3,700 liters per week
  • Switch to low flow toilets and appliances. Download the Ultra Low Flow Toilet Rebate Application form online.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and washing dishes.

WATERING RESTRICTIONS: A KEY TO REDUCING WATER USE IN SUMMER 2015