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Water Conservation


Conserving water will help preserve Cape Breton’s natural water sources as well as helping homeowners’ save money.


The CBRM Water Utility delivers tap water which meets or exceeds some of the highest national safety standards for drinking water in Canada.


Tap water delivers a basic necessity of life.  Tap water also delivers public health, sanitation, fire protection, recreation and quality of life.


Did you know that the CBRM Water Utility supplies water to 81,00 people, around the clock, 365 days a year?








From the Source to the Tap Video Series

The From the Source to the Tap Video Series consists of three videos depicting source water, treatment, and distribution in the

Cape Breton Regional Municipality.


This series is local and ideal for the classroom or community groups.


To request a physical copy of these videos for use with your class or community group, please contact us.

Water Conservation Poster Contest

For information about the annual CBRM Poster Contest, please visit the

Teachers Portal section of our website.


For more information, please contact ACAP.

I'm Tappy, the CBRM Water Utility Mascot!


Visit Tappyland on the Kid Zone page to learn more!

To book a presentation with Tappy, contact ACAP today!

Saving Water Indoors


  • In the winter, don’t leave a tap running to prevent water pipes from freezing. Protect your plumbing, including the water meter by insulating the crawl space or basement. Heat tape and other alternatives can help protect plumbing as well.


  • Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used to find out if you have a leak. If the readings are different you have a leak. If you have a well, listen to see if the pump turns on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a leak.


  • Add aerators to kitchen and bathroom faucets to reduce water consumption. Replace washers to repair dripping faucets. If your hot water tap is leaking make sure repairs are made as soon as possible, because you will pay extra on both your water and heating bills.


  • Install a low-toilet that uses 6 litres of water or less per flush compared to older toilets that use anywhere from 18 to 24 litres per flush. Check for leaks by adding food coloring or toilet testing tablets to the water tank and check to see if the colour spreads to the toilet bowl without flushing. A leaky toilet wastes water and can cost about $40 every three months.


  • Manage household chores. Run automatic dishwashers using full loads only and set clothes washers to the appropriate level for the size of the load you are washing.


  • Keep your showers under 5 minutes and install a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads use only 10 litres of water per minute compared to 30 litres per minute for regular flow showerheads.


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