Water covers 71% of the planet but only 1% is available to us as drinking water. We share this precious resource with every animal and plant on Earth as well as using it every day in our homes and businesses. Although there is enough annual rainfall in Ireland, we are limited in how much water we can take from the environment. By using only what we need, we can all play our part in safeguarding our water for our future.
Tips for Home Owners
- Flushing toilets – Only flush when you must.
- Take a shower instead of a bath
- Don’t leave taps running or constantly dripping.
- Don’t leave a tap running while you are brushing your teeth.
- Fix dripping or leaking taps.
- Re-use water – Used water can be used for watering plants
- Drinking water – Keep a jug of water in the fridge
- Use dishwashers and washing machines only when fully loaded.
- Install a water butt to harvest water from your gutters to use for outside use
- If you are not on a mains sewerage system, empty and maintain your septic tank regularly
Tips for Farmers
- Check water troughs as often as possible. Leaking troughs are one the main causes of high usage for farmers.
- Don’t leave taps running on the farm.
- Fix leaking taps or pipes promptly.
- On dairy farms- cooling water can be diverted to a tank and used for parlour washing.
- Check water meters as often as possible and record your readings. Be aware of your average usage at your meters. This information can help you detect if you have a leak.