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Toronto Water: Summer Tips

With warm weather finally upon us, Toronto Water has been reminding residents about the things they can do to help prevent flooding, conserve water and protect their homes.


  • Use rainwater to water your grass and gardens.

  • Sweep sidewalks and driveways clean instead of using a running hose.

  • Start planning a water-efficient, natural garden using native plants and trees.

Car washing

  • The dirt on cars can contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals, oil and grease. To avoid having dirty water run into the storm sewer system, consider washing your car in a commercial car wash facility (these facilities are required to follow a set of practices determined by the city, including treating wastewater and discharging it into the sanitary sewer system where it will receive further treatment).

Basement flooding

  • Clear eavestroughs and downspouts of debris.

  • Disconnect downspouts that empty into the City’s sewer system.

  • Don’t flush disposable wipes down the toilet.

  • Install a back-water valve or basement sump pump.