Use Less Water

The first thing to do is to check your home for any leaky taps or pipes and get them fixed!


Install a low flow shower head.

Take a shower instead of a bath. A five minute shower uses half the amount of water.

Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. A running tap wastes six litres of water each minute.

If replacing your toilet make sure it’s a low flush toilet. Otherwise, place a brick or a rock filled container in the cistern to reduce the volume of water used.

You could also install a greywater system. This collects used water from sinks, showers and washing machines and is recycled to supply water to the toilet.


Only use your washing machine or dishwasher when they are full.

If buying a new machine, make sure to check its efficiency rate first.

When washing your fruit and vegetables, use a basin. You can then use this water to feed your plants.


Avoid using a hose. It uses nine litres of water per minute. Use a bucket when washing your car or watering your plants.

Install a rainwater harvesting system, which collects rainwater from your roof and stores it in a tank underground. This can then be used for washing your car and watering your plants.

Do not water your lawn when water is in short supply. Grass can survive for a long time without water.

See for more information on conserving Ireland's natural resources.

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