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Water is precious

Although Ireland is not a water stressed country, water is a valuable resource. A lot goes into making sure our water is pure and safe to drink. By conserving water and using only what we need in our homes and businesses, we can all contribute to building a sustainable water supply for everyone.

Water goes through a remarkable journey from cloud to glass

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.

Follow the journey from cloud to glass

Let’s use only what we need

While water covers 71% of the planet, in reality only 1% is available to us as drinking water. We share this precious resource with every animal and plant on Earth as well as use it every day in our homes and businesses. Although there is enough annual rainfall in Ireland, we are limited in how much water we can take from the environment. This, coupled with a growing population, climate change, leakage and an ageing infrastructure, means pressure on this precious resource is growing. Watch our TV ad.

How we can all help to conserve water

How we can all help to conserve water

Turn off the tap

Turn off the tap

Tip: Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Save up to 6 litres of water per minute.

Turn off the tap

Time your shower

Time your shower

Tip: An average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute. Taking a shorter shower will save lots of water.

Time your shower

Load 'em up

Load 'em up

Tip: Run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads and save water and energy!

Load 'em up

Keep chilling

Keep chilling

Tip: Instead of running the cold tap for a cool drink, keep a jug of water in the fridge. This could save up to 10 litres of water per day.

Keep chilling

Use it twice

Use it twice

Tip: Place a basin in your sink so when you rinse or wash food you can collect the water and use it for watering plants.

Use it twice

If it's yellow, let it mellow

If it's yellow, let it mellow

Tip: Toilet flushing is one of the biggest water users in most homes. Consider only flushing the toilet when you really need to.

If it's yellow, let it mellow

Check for leaks

Check for leaks

Tip: Check for water leaks in your home. You may be eligible for a free leak investigation and repair.

Check for leaks

Drop the hose

Drop the hose

Tip: Use a rose head watering can in the garden and a bucket and sponge to wash your car. A hose uses more water in one hour than the average family uses in a day.

Drop the hose

Garden clever

Garden clever

Tip: Water your plants in the early morning or late evening. This saves water evaporating and avoids scorching your plants too.

Garden clever

Layer up

Layer up

Tip: Add layers of plant material, like bark or straw, to your garden soil to help it retain more water.

Layer up

Choose to save

Choose to save

Tip: When you buy new appliances choose ones that use less water. Check out these recommended water saving devices.

Choose to save

Butt seriously!

Butt seriously!

Tip: Install a water butt to harvest rainwater from your gutters for watering your garden.

Butt seriously!

Tips to #ConserveWater

How do we use 129 litres of water every day?

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.

 

Reducing Leaks

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.

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Reducing Leaks
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