We are committed to empowering customers and enabling behavioural change in communities by promoting water conservation at a local, regional and national level. We are proud to partner with Tidy Towns for a second year and sponsor the Value Water Awards which we hope will lead the way in inspiring water conservation at a local level. The Value Water award is about raising awareness of the importance of mindful water consumption within communities and is about reconnecting communities with water, creating a greater understanding of where water comes from and where wastewater goes to.
The Irish Water Value Water Award aims to encourage communities to raise awareness around water conservation and water protection. Small changes to the way water is used in our homes and communal spaces can lead to a significant amount of water saved. Simple but effective measures such as leak detection, installation of rainwater harvesting systems and changed flushing behaviour can conserve precious drinking water and reduce the amount of wastewater produced. Tidy Town groups can lead the way towards responsible water use and sustainable water management in their localities.
The Value Water Award includes four Regional winners along with awards for Best Large Town and Best Small Town.
The 2016 recipient of the Irish Water National Value Water Award was Skerries Tidy Towns group. At the Tidy Towns Awards ceremony held at the Helix in DCU on 26 September, Skerries also took home a range of awards including being crowned Ireland’s Tidiest Town.
Skerries, Co. Dublin, Midlands and East
Skerries, faced a great influx of people in recent years expanding its population and increasing the need for water. Skerries Tidy Towns designed sustainable rain water harvesting and off-grid watering solutions in communal recreational spaces. The committee also conducted Green Home Water surveys in schools and actively promoted water conservation and water safety in the community.
Williamstown, Co. Galway, North West & West
The community of Williamstown reacted proactively to a boil water notice that was issued in 2014. The community took action to conserve clean water and avoid further risks of water contamination in the future. The whole community, including the schools, local farmers and local pubs raised water awareness and implemented environmentally friendly measures to conserve water and improve the water quality in the area.
Tuamgraney, Co. Clare, South & Mid West
In 2014, members of the local group water scheme started to monitor water usage and leakage of 20 houses on a weekly basis using bulk readings that continued into 2016. Weekly checks for leaks were also conducted. Leaks were detected and fixed, filters replaced and pumps serviced. Plans are in place to replace old piping in a pump house to ensure optimal operation of the water network.
Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, Midlands & East
The Abbeyleix community is actively involved in the Green-Schools water programme and pursues best water conservation practice through education at local schools. Water and sewerage systems were updated in 2014 and a water harvesting system was installed by the Tidy Towns Committee in the local allotments in 2015 to provide a free and sustainable source of water from a nearby stream.
Ferns, Co. Wexford, South East
Ferns in County Wexford formed a water savings initiative that promotes rainwater harvesting in the community in conjunction with Wexford County Council and promotes the benefits of water savings through education. The initiative worked closely with the Green-Schools water programme in the local schools.
Cobh, Co. Cork, South & Mid West.
The community of Cobh is located on the Great Island at the heart of Cork harbour and faces the problem of litter at the beaches. The Tidy Town committee members got involved in various coastal protection projects, beach cleans and implemented an educational programme to heighten awareness for the marine environment in the community.
For more information about the Value Water Awards, visit: www.tidytowns.ie