Conservation Tips

Why conserve water?

Producing drinking water and treating waste water is expensive. It’s in everyone’s interests to conserve water. The less water we use, the lower our water bills. The more we conserve water, the less pressure we put on our environment – only 2% of the world’s water can be used for drinking – and the more secure Ireland’s water supply is for the future. This is vital for people’s health and well- being, our natural resources and our economy. Small changes in usage patterns can lower your water usage dramatically. Every conscious measure taken in the home, garden or beyond helps.

How can I use the grant to conserve water in the home?

There is a range of simple, inexpensive ways to conserve water and reduce your water (and energy) bills.

30% of a home’s water usage is through flushing toilets.

21% of a home’s water usage is through baths and taps.

21% of a home’s water usage is through washing clothes and washing up.

12% of a home’s water usage is through showers.

How can I use the grant to conserve water outdoors?

7% of a home’s water usage is outdoors.

How can I use the grant to reduce leakage in my home?

Householders are responsible for leaks within the boundary of the property. Even the smallest leaks can result in huge water wastage. Did you know that:

With your grant:

I am worried about lead in my drinking water – how can I use the grant?

If you live in a house built up to and including the 1970s, you may have lead plumbing or lead pipes that have not been replaced. If so, it may be possible that there is lead in your drinking water. Lead pipes are usually dark grey or black (unless painted) with a dull coating and the joints appear to be ‘swollen’. A simple way of identifying lead is to scrape the pipe gently with a coin or a knife – if a shiny silver strip is revealed, then the pipe is lead.

I have a private well - how can I use the grant?

Testing your well water regularly is vital for ensuring your drinking water quality is high.

I have a septic tank – how can I use the grant?

Septic tanks or other domestic waste water treatment systems need to be maintained. Without maintenance they may end up needing replacement, which can be very expensive. A system that doesn’t work properly can contaminate groundwater and private wells. Contaminated drinking water can contain bacteria, germs, bugs and harmful chemicals that can cause serious illness and damage the environment.

The gathering of effluent and soil contamination around septic tanks can be a danger to public health, including exposing humans and animals to disease. This can also cause unpleasant odours.


Where can I get more information?

For more information on water conservation visit:

www.water.ie (Irish Water)

www.nfgws.ie (National Federation of Group Water Schemes)

www.epa.ie (Environmental Protection Agency)


For more information on testing water quality or maintaining private wells visit: www.epa.ie


For more information on septic tanks or domestic waste water treatment systems visit:

www.protectourwater.ie

Contact your local authority for a list of permitted contractors who service or de-sludge domestic waste water treatment systems.


For more information on lead in drinking water, visit:

www.hse.ie/water (Health Service Executive)

www.water.ie/lead (Irish Water)

For more ideas for your water conservation grant visit: http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/Water/WaterConservationGrant/