Much of our drinking water is lost through leaks before it ever reaches your tap. We're working to conserve our water by reducing the high levels of leakage across the country.
Toilet flushing, showering and bathing, teeth brushing, dishwashing, and garden watering. These are the everyday things we use water for, yet rarely think about. But our water resources are struggling to meet demand. That's why we are asking everyone to try and use only what they need.
This chart shows an approximate breakdown of water usage in a typical Irish house. It does not account for occasional water losses due to leaks or plumbing issues. Actual usage figures numbers can vary according to the water fittings being used and/or the behaviour of the occupants.
Data sources include: Marshallsay, Dean, 'Micro-components of water use in the home', Artesia Consulting, 3/11/2016. Fennell, Chris; Gill, Laurence; O'Connell, David, 'An assessment of the efficiency of water saving devices in Irish households', Trinity College Dublin, 2018.
Drinking, cooking, washing, bathing - we use water in so many ways. The water we use starts as raw water in rivers and lakes. It undergoes a complex treatment process, with seven stages that takes up to three days, so we can enjoy clean, safe drinking water every day. Each day 1.7 billion litres of water travels through a network that includes 63,000km of pipes to supply the nation with treated drinking water.