Water is one of the most important substances on earth. It is essential to sustain life and grow crops, as well as a host of daily activities we have come to depend upon.
The water that runs from your tap is the product of a highly regulated purification process that is subjected to numerous controls and the quality of the product must meet the high requirements of the Règlement sur la qualité de l’eau potable.
Although we tend to think of water as being free, clean drinking water is a commodity that comes at a cost. For this reason, we, as consumers, need to change our habits in order to reduce our consumption, save on our Water Tax bill, and conserve our water supply.
Hampstead’s water supply
Our water is supplied by the Atwater Filtration Plant. The water from the Atwater plant is drawn from the Saint-Lawrence River, is treated by filtration and chlorination, and is tested and analyzed before it is released into the water system for human consumption.
To learn more about the quality of water the Atwater Filtration Plant produces and distributes to our water system, including the latest results of quality control and statistics on the quantity of water distributed, visit L’Eau de Montréal.
Every year, a firm under contract to the Town takes the reading of your water meter from mid-August through September. Residents are charged for their annual water consumption based on a marginal rate per imperial gallon. For further information, please refer to Water tax per consumption.
Here are some simple tips to reduce your water consumption and save money on your Water Tax bill:
- Use a rain barrel to water your garden
- In summer, use a hose fitted with an automatic shut-off device, and of course, do not water when it rains.
- When watering your lawn, don’t let sprinklers run on to the street or on your neighbor’s lawn
- Install a high-efficiency toilet
- Install a low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators
- Wash only full loads in the dishwasher and in the washing machine
- Cover your swimming pool to reduce evaporation
- Check your pool’s water filtration system for leaks
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