Water Conservation


Protect our water cover

Protect Our Water (POW) is a household water conservation and stewardship project, using community-based social marketing to promote its goals.  The project aimed to reach people on a personal level by providing household audits and one-on-one information to households.

The main goal of the project was to help household reduce their water consumption while becoming better water stewards in their households and communities.

We conducted our pilot stage in the spring and summer of 2010, offering water audits to households across Winnipeg! (Click here for PDF)


The Protect our Water program will not be running in the spring of 2015, but if you would like more information about it, or tips about water conservation, please send an email to water @ mbeconetwork.org.

Whether or not you are participating in the audit program, you can follow our guide for reducing your water usage.




Reduce the amount of water you use inside the house by making water smart decisions

Fill your Dishwasher and Washing Machine completely before you run them- Full or empty, your dishwasher uses the same amount of water

Install a Low-Flush Toilet, Low-Flow Faucet Aerators, and Shower Heads – These replacements can reduce the amount of water you use in your shower and toilet by up to 50%!  Enroll in Manitoba Hydro’s free Power Smart Water & Energy Saver Program to receive free low flow faucet aerators and shower heads.

Install a Toilet Dam – Even a brick or water-filled plastic bottle in the toilet tank will reduce the water your toilet uses with each flush!

Turn off the Tap while you Shave – Save some money and a lot of water!

Fix Leaky Faucets

Leaking faucets account for almost 10% of household water “use”. If you don’t use it, you lose it!

Keep Toxins, Nutrients, and Garbage out of the Water

RECYCLE! – The less waste we put in landfills, the less chance it has to get into our ground and surface water.

Limit the use of Fertilizers & Pesticides on your Grass and Gardens – See the Manitoba Eco-Network’s webpage on Organic Lawn Care.

Start to Compost – Compost is the natural way to fertilize. It’s free and your garden will love you!

Clean up after your Pets! – Pet waste can contaminate surface or groundwater so it should stay in the trash, not on the grass.

Properly Dispose of Hazardous Household Waste – Paints, chemicals & cleaners should not be flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain!

Educate the Next Generation!

Pass on your water saving tips to the children in your life. Here are some great online resources for kids:
Water Conservation at Home
h2o iQ

Check Out These Other Resources

Manitoba Water Stewardship – Clean Water
The Polis Project – Water Conservation and Soft Path
City of Winnipeg – Slow the Flow

Unilever GO BLUE campaign
H2ouse Water Saver Home

Also check out our Alternative Plumbing Guide to learn about waterless (or less water) options for your toilet.


This document profiles Manitoban home-owners and businesses that have made innovative watersaving renovations such as installing a composting toilet, greywater recycling system, or rain barrel. The following case studies explore the benefits, challenges, savings, and costs they experienced. We hope this will help you make your own eco-friendly renovations! (click here for pdf)