Water Conservation

We need to conserve our water resources to ensure sustainability for future generations. Water conservation requires governments, local authorities, industries, the agricultural sector and homeowners to get involved in the process. It has to be a combined effort to preserve our largest natural resource.

In Ireland , theumbrella organisation, SWAN [CC1] (Sustainable Water Network) was created to increase public awareness regarding the need for sustainable water supplies. This group is comprised ofsixteennationalandfourteen regional / local partners and its aim is to preserve Ireland's waters through cooperative work between the government, these partners and the Irish community as a whole.

Dublin City Council (DCC)has created an easily accessibleinformation leaflet about conserving water in your own home. Educating our children about this issue is as important as educating ourselves.

Water is also the third theme in the Green Schools programme after Litter and Waste and Energy. For more information go to the Green Schools Ireland website.


What Can You Do?


Did you know that the average person uses 200 litres of water a day?

This figure includes drinking water, water used in a washing machine/dishwasher, the water used when taking showers or baths, and water for flushing toilets.

This is the equivalent of nearly two full baths of water!

Minor adjustments in our daily activities at home and in the garden can help make a difference. It doesn't have to cost money; it just takes a little bit of time and effort.

  • Try not to use dishwashers and washing machines until they are completely full

  • Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or shaving

  • Have showers instead of baths

  • Have shorter showers

  • Store a jug of water in the fridge instead of waiting for it to cool from the tap

  • Plug the sink when washing dishes

  • Use a basin to wash fruit and vegetables

  • Make sure nothingis leaking and if it is, fix it!

  • To water your garden use a watering can not a hosepipe

  • Use a bucket and sponge to wash your car

  • Brush your path instead of hosing it

That Little Bit Extra

If you are willing to make the extra effort you can do the following things to make water a top conservation priority in your daily life:

  • Install a low flow shower head

  • In older toilets a water saving device can be installed

  • If you are installing a new toilet make sure it is low or dual flush

  • If you are buying a new dishwasher / washing machine check the water efficiency rating

For more information about what you can do check out the following websites:

www.taptips.ie

www.slowtheflow.ie

www.dublin.ie/environment/water.htm


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