How can I conserve water and reduce my water bill?
These facts about water usage will help illustrate how much water you’re actually using and where. We’re also offering some suggestions on how to limit your usage.

Indoor Uses:

  • Showers

    • Take shorter showers!
    • Showers make up 23% of home water use.
    • A 10-minute shower uses 50-100 gallons of water.
    • A standard shower head uses 5-10 gallons of water per minute.
    • A 5-minute shower daily uses nearly 10,000 gallons per year.
    • Low-flow shower heads reduce water use by 50%.

  • Baths

    • Don’t fill the tub full!
    • A full bath tub uses much more water than a shower.

  • Toilets

    • Replace older toilets with new more efficient models!
    • Toilets use 5-7 gallons of water with each flush.
    • The average toilet is flushed 8 times each day - that takes 390 gallons per week, or 20,280 gallons each year.
    • Displacing water in the tank can save 1-2 gallons per flush or up to 5,800 gallons per year. Use a displacement bag or plastic bottle.

  • Faucets

    • Turn off the water while brushing teeth, shaving and washing your hands!
    • Normal faucets flow at 3-5 gallons per minute.
    • Most people use 2-3 gallons of water to brush their teeth.
    • A low-flow faucet aerator reduces flow by 50%.
    • Low-flow faucets can save up to 280 gallons per month for a family of 4.

Outdoor Uses:

  • Lawns

    • Manage your outdoor water use!
    • Comply with Canton’s voluntary water use restrictions.
    • In some states, 50% of the water is used on lawns and gardens.
    • Most people water too much, lawns only need about 1 inch per week. To measure, catch sprinkler water in an open can and determine how long it takes for 1 inch to accumulate and then water for that amount of total time.
    • Keep your grass 3 inches in length - the roots will grow stronger and deeper.
      Use short frequent sprinkler cycles to give the lawn time to absorb the water (typically 5-15 minutes long per cycle).

  • Gardens

    • Add mulch to landscaped beds and trees!
    • Mulch conserves water by retaining moisture and eliminating weeds.

Show All Answers

1. Where does the water used by Canton residents and businesses come from?
2. What are the current water rates?
3. What to do in the event of an emergency?
4. How do the water rates charged by the GLWA affect Canton?
5. What factors help to determine whether GLWA will raise water rates or maintain the current level?
6. Who in the township approves the rate increases?
7. What are the current water and sewer rates for Canton?
8. How does the township determine my water and sewer usage?
9. My water meter is outside, why does the DPW serviceman need to come inside my home?
10. Why is my bill so high?
11. Why am I being charged fixed charges on my water and sewer bill?
12. What are the fixed water charges on my bill?
13. What are the fixed sewer charges on my bill?
14. What is the minimum bill for Canton Township?
15. How often will I receive my water bill?
16. What are my options for payment?
17. Is there a fee for online or IVR payment?
18. Can I make partial or extra payments on my water and sewer account?
19. What is the penalty for late payment?
20. What do I do if I am selling my home and need a final meter reading?
21. Can I have a separate meter for my outdoor irrigation system?
22. I think I have a leak in my water system, how do I know?
23. How much water can be lost from a leak?
24. How can I conserve water and reduce my water bill?