Behaviour and Analysis have conducted a survey for Irish Water, revealing that over half of the Irish population acknowledge that they waste water. Furthermore, a quarter of the public believes they don’t need to conserve water because of how much it rains.
Conserving Drinking Water: Irish Water’s Plan From 2019 to Beyond.
Irish Water is launching a conservation plan to encourage the public to reduce excess water usage due to the economic and environmental costs and the need to safeguard the water supply for the future. In a statement, Irish water said, “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 lengthy and complex, with up to seven stages that can take up to three days to make raw water suitable to drink. – Irish Water is helping to conserve water by fixing leaks, but conservation by homes and businesses is key. “
Tips for conserving drinking water.
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; keeping a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap can save up to 10 litres of water.
Why is conserving drinking water so important?
Head of Asset Management, Seán Laffey, stated: “In 2018, bad storms followed by the prolonged drought 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 even though the financial and environmental impact of treating and providing drinking water does not decrease as rainfall increases“
Irish Water is 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.
Conserving Drinking Water: Quick Notes 📝
- Everyone needs to conserve water, regardless of the amount of rainfall in their area.
- Water is a finite resource, and it is important to use it wisely and efficiently.
- There are many ways that individuals can conserve water in their daily lives, including fixing leaks, using drought-resistant plants in landscaping, taking shorter showers, and using a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- By making small changes in our daily habits, we can all play a role in conserving this important resource.
👉 Check out the Water Conservation page on the Official Irish Water website to learn more about the steps you can take to conserve water.
👉 Check out our drinking water testing services if you’re concerned about the quality of your drinking water.