The Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Pearce Flannery, this week (Wednesday, November 8) launched an e-booklet entitled ‘Slow The Flow’ as part of a month long of water-themed events organised by Irish Water and Galway City Council. The events will take place throughout November to celebrate Galway City’s designation as the European Green Leaf City for 2017.

‘Slow the Flow’ was initially launched 10 years ago this month by Galway City Council as a resource for homes, schools and businesses to give tips and encouragement on how to conserve water.

Irish Water, working in collaboration with Galway City Council have updated and converted the booklet to an e-publication which will be distributed to schools and businesses across Galway City. The booklet will be available to view online on the Galway City Council and Irish Water websites.

Speaking at the launch in City Hall, Mayor Flannery said: “I am delighted to be launching this updated e-booklet ‘Slow The Flow’ which offers practical and useful information about how we can all make simple adjustments to our daily life in order to save that precious resource that is water. It is 10 years since the book was first launched in 2007 and Galway City Council in conjunction with Irish Water are now relaunching the ‘Slow The Flow’ water conservation initiative in electronic format in order to encourage reducing our daily use of treated water at home, at work and at school to an amount that is sufficient to our needs.”

Arlene Finn, European Green Leaf Coordinator for Galway City added: “This is a very timely launch as part of our City’s European Green Leaf designation, which recognises cities and towns ‘going greener’. The booklet has lots of useful tips to Slow the Flow – that if we all practise them – should reduce our water usage.” 

As part of the launch children from Merlin Woods Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School Mervue, presented art work and articles on why water is important for Galway City. These articles will be formally presented in a newsletter which will be launched in the coming weeks.

Speaking about the programme of events Irish Water’s Regional Information Specialist Sean Corrigan commented: “Our colleagues in Galway City Council and ourselves are delighted to celebrate Galway City’s Green Leaf designation for 2017 by promoting the message of why water conservation is so important and so easy to achieve by making a few minor adjustments to our daily routine. We have themed the month of November as water conservation month in Galway City and we invite the public to join us in making those simple changes which can have a lasting impact on our valuable water resources.”

During the Hallowe’en break Irish Water regional staff along with their water services colleagues in Galway City Council and their children took part in a Clean Coasts beach clean and safari at Grattan Beach, Salthill. Staff from the Galway Aquarium and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts team led the beach activities during what was a fun and worthwhile exercise for the adults and children. 

Other events scheduled for the month of November include site visits to Terryland Water Treatment Plant and Mutton Island Waste Water Treatment Plant. 

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