Conserve water

Water is a precious resource many of us do not value as we should. We often waste water and just let it run down the drain.

You may think Ireland has a plentiful water supply, but providing clean drinking water is expensive and difficult to do, and our systems are struggling to meet demand. The more water conserved, the less energy required to clean it, lowering our carbon footprint.

Each of us needs to try to reduce that overall demand by reducing the amount of water we use. See below for some ideas or see for even more ways to save water.

In the bathroom

  • Shorten your showers by at least a minute.
  • Install a dual flush toilet or you can reduce the water volume by putting a cistern bag in the cistern.

In the kitchen

  • Don’t overfill the kettle - only boil the water you need - for energy and water savings.
  • Drink tap water - significant resources are invested to ensure that tap water in Ireland is potable i.e. clean to drink - if you have concerns about the taste use a home filter jug rather than bottled water to avoid the use of single use plastics.
  • Use a reusable water bottle. 

Around the house and garden

  • Don’t run the tap - for your teeth or the dishes !
  • Fix drips
  • Harvest rainwater for garden use

Check our Irish Water and the DCU Water Institute for more info on conservation and current research and  best practices.