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Use a little less water

On average how much water do you think you use every day?

Incorrect Answer That's a number to aim for! On average we each use 129 litres of water every day.

Correct Answer Yes! On average we each use 129 litres of water every day.

Incorrect Answer Too high! On average we each use 129 litres of water every day.

Why conserve water?

How do we use 129 litres everyday?

Toilet flushing, showering and bathing, teeth brushing, dishwashing, and garden watering. These are the everyday things we use water for. But our water resources are struggling to meet demand. Leakage, waste, population growth and dry weather all put pressure on the water supply. That’s why we are asking everyone to try and use a little less.

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.

 
How you can help #conservewater

By using a little less you can help #conservewater.

Be Water Aware

Try these small changes and use less water at home.

Be Water Smart

These simple conservation tips can reduce water waste.

Be a Water Guardian

Invest some time to reduce water use at home.

Be a Water Hero

Help protect our water supply for the future.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Load 'em up

Load 'em up

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

Load 'em up

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

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