In 2023, the Cochrane water treatment plant produced 3,126 million litres of water. Approximately 2,006 million litres of this was consumed in residential homes.
The average residential home used 388 litres/day during the winter and 494 litres/day during the summer. On a monthly basis, this works out to an average consumption of 11.4 cubic metres (11,400 litres) and 14.4 cubic metres (14,400 litres) respectively.
Water use check: things to look for at home
Concerned about your water use? Check the following around your home for leaks or excess water use.
Typical household water use
If you are concerned about your household water use, consider comparing your household use to the average water use for certain fixtures and appliances. This can help give you a sense of whether you are using more water than expected:
- taking a 10-minutes shower with a low flow shower head uses 76 litres of water per person
- one high efficient dishwasher load uses 15 litres of water, older dishwashers might use up to 40 litres
- washing a load of laundry in a high-efficiency machine uses about 45 litres, but an older machine might use 140 litres
- flushing the toilet four times a day per person uses 48 litres daily (around 4.8 litres per flush)
Household Conservation Tips
It's also good to keep in mind ways to conserve water when thinking about your household water use. Here are a few helpful tips:
The Town of Cochrane uses two kinds of water metres to measure how much water you use at home.