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25% of the population believe they don’t need to conserve water due to the amount of rainfall

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Behaviour and Analysis have carried out a survey for Irish Water which has revealed that over half of the Irish population acknowledge that they waste water. While a quarter of the public believe that they don’t need to conserve water because of how much it rains.

Irish Water are launching a conservation plan to encourage the public to cut down on excess water usage due to the economical and environmental cost and the need to safeguard the water supply for the future.

“Each day in Ireland, 1.7 billion litres of water is collected, treated and pumped around a vast network of pipes to homes, businesses, hospitals and farms.”

“The treatment process is a lengthy and complex one with up to seven stages that can take up to three days to make raw water suitable to drink. –  Irish Water are helping to conserve water by fixing leaks but conservation by homes and businesses is key. “

“Six litres of water a minute can be saved by turning off the tap when brushing your teeth; showering uses half the amount of water of a bath; and keeping a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap can save up to 10 litres of water. “

Head of Asset Management, Seán Laffey stated: “In 2018, bad storms followed by the prolonged drought really showed people that safe, clean, treated water is not in unlimited supply and that we all have to play a part in conserving it.”

However, when the urgency of a drought passes, it is easy to lose focus on how precious water is. This is despite the fact that the financial and environmental impact of treating and providing drinking water does not decrease as rainfall increases

Irish Water are currently tackling the national leakage rate of 43%. They are working with local authority partners, fixing over 1,500 leaks each month – On track to saving 166 million litres of water daily by 2021.

Check out the Water Conservation page on the Official Irish Water website to learn more on the steps you can take to conserve water.