Water conservation tips for the home

Don’t let the tap run!

Why let the tap run just because you want a cold drink of water when you could keep a jug in the fridge and have a lovely cool glass whenever you want it.

Be a leaky tap detective!

Leaky taps waste water so if you hear one in your school or at home make sure to tell someone - and make sure it gets fixed.

Washing hands Spend less time washing!

No, really! Spend less time in the shower. Go on, you can do it! A power shower will use over 125 litres in less than five minutes (a bath takes 80litres of water).

Use your head - use a bucket!

A running hose will use about 9 litres of water per minute. So the next time you’re washing the family car remember that it will be just as clean using a bucket of water and a sponge - and it’ll be more fun too.

Don’t be mean if your clothes aren’t clean!

A typical Washing Machine on full cycle uses up to 45 litres of water, which means that it should only ever go on when it’s full. So remember - even if you have to wait sometimes for your favourite clothes to get washed you’ll be helping to conserve water. A dishwasher uses 20 litres.

Try to only use your appliances when you have a full load. You’ll save money and conserve water.

Use a basin Use a basin to wash your fruit and vegetables

Instead of letting the tap run, use a basin to wash your fruit and vegetables. Why not use the leftover water to give your pot plants a drink?Don’t abuse it - re-use it.

If there’s a basin in your sink (and there should be) don’t spill it out when it’s full - use it to water the plants in the garden. But don’t forget to ask an adult first!Spread the word

Tell everyone how important it is to save water - and how easy it is to do! As our country grows there is also a growing demand on our water supply. In order for us all to enjoy our precious reserves we need to be more aware of water conservation.

It's surprising to know that the average daily water consumption per person in Ireland is over 148 litres! We can reduce the amount we use quite simply, by following these straightforward tips. Water is precious. Let's conserve it.

Keep a jug of water in the fridge.

Instead of letting the tap run for cold water, fill a jug of water and keep it in the fridge.

Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth

A running tap will dispense up to 6 litres of water a minute. Don’t leave it running while shaving or washing your hands. Brushing your teeth

Know how to turn off your water supply.

This could save thousands of litres of water and damage to your home in the event of a pipe burst.

Hot Drinks

Fill the kettle with enough for your needs, not to the brim. It saves energy too.