Be Water Wise this Summer!


19 Jul Be Water Wise this Summer!

With summer in full swing, it is obvious that we are using more water than we have in previous seasons. We use it to water our lawns and our flowers, fill our pools, run through the sprinkler, wash our cars and more. If you don’t want to get caught with a surprisingly high water bill, make sure you are being water wise this summer. Below are some ways that you can reduce the amount of water you are using, as well as pricing breakdowns to give you an idea of how much you are actually being charged for the water you consume.


Rates for Barrie Ontario:

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Is your water bill TOO high and you just don’t know why? A sudden or new higher consumption of water could be the result of a leaking or malfunctioning:

→ Irrigation system                             → Trap seal primer

→ Toilet/ faucet                                    → Humidifier

→ Showerhead                                      → Pool issues

→ Water softener                                 → Water cooled A/C unit

→ Outdoor tap



How Much Does a Dripping Tap REALLY Cost??leaking-faucet

A small unnoticed leak such as a constant 1/8” (3.3mm) diameter stream of water can let 372 cubit meters of water down the drain per month! This could result in an excess charge of $1,495 in one month! In order to make sure you are not wasting water, and to save money, make sure to Reduce, Repair and Retrofit!

REDUCE : Look for ways to reduce the amount of water you use in your home

  • don’t leave the tap running while you brush your teeth/shaving
  • install low flow showing heads and toilets
  • take shorter showers
  • refrigerate tap water for drinking
  • do not let tap run while doing the dishes/preparing food
  • only do laundry when there is a full load of clothes
  • use a rain barrel for garden watering
  • limit lawn watering and car washes

REPAIR : Don’t wait to fix leaks! The City’s Water and Wastewater By-Law requires that all water passing through the water meter must be billed whether it is used or wasted. Most leaks can be fixed easily and inexpensively.

RETROFIT: Many fixtures in your home, such as your toilet and shower head, can be upgraded or replaces with more water efficient versions that use less water to do the same job. This will help you use less water without even trying!



Is My Toilet Leaking?

How to detect a leak in your toilet:toilet-leaking

-> Add coffee or food coloring to the toilet tank (back of toilet) and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. If there is any colour inside the toilet after this time, then there is a leak in your toilet that needs to be prepared. Not noticing these leaks may end up costing you hundreds of dollars.

-> You should also monitor the water level in the toilet tank. If it is TOO HIGH, water could be leaking down the over-flow tube




Watering Restrictions for the City of Barrie

♦ Even numbered addresses may water only on even numbered calendar days from 6pm to 8am

♦ Off numbered addresses may water only on odd numbered calendar days from 6pm to 8am

♦ Your lawn requires only (1 inch) of water per week including rain fall to remain healthy


 Pool Fill Approximate Costs (from empty)

Cartoon-pictures-of-kids-playing-at-the-pool-clipart.jpg    Size                                                    Volume                Hydrant*            Tap**

12′ x 24′ (3.66m x 7.32m)             41,000 L              $376.00               $197.68

16′ x 32′ (4.88m x 9.75m)             72,000 L              $376.00              $302.81

*Homeowner to rent/provide fire hose for pool fill

** In addition to regular billing charges

NOTE: These fees are based on work done during regular operating hours from 8am to 3pm. If an after hour call or weekend service is required, extra charges will apply.


Who Do I Call About My Water Bill?

Service Barrie 8:30am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday)                                                Water Operations Branch 8:30am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday)

Phone: 705-726-4242                                                                                                 Phone: 705-739-4220, Ext.4805

Fax: 705-739-4237                                                                                                      Fax: 705-792-7921

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