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Water Saving Tips

 Why is water so important

Water is the most important requirement in life and health. It is critical for all body functions such as breathing, transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells, keeping normal body temperature, and much more.

Our bodies are 60 percent water, an essential component of all human tissue. We can only survive days without water but we can survive weeks without food. It is important to drink regularly to maintain your body’s vital water balance.

Good hydration helps the cardiovascular system and circulation to deliver nutrients and oxygen to our cells and muscles, and regulates our temperature through sweating. It also functions to carry natural waste away from our cells, dilutes them and takes them to the kidneys to be eliminated.

 

Water is important for energy absorption. For example, Earthquakes occurring under the sea are rarely felt on land.

Water is also the only substance that can get the dirt and bacteria off of our bodies.

Without water, there would be no life on Earth. Everything from single-celled organisms to the largest mammals needs water to live. Life evolved from water and it is the only element that can exist in 3 separate states gas, solid, and liquid, and humans find benefits in each different state.

It is very easy to take our water for granted. Why is water important? Because without it, we would not exist.

How much 

How much water is lost through leaks Ireland?

1.6 billion litres of drinking water is produced every day in Ireland and delivered to communities through approximately 60,000 kilometres of pipelines. Currently, almost half of treated water is lost through leaks from both customer properties and the distribution network.

How much

How much water is wasted every day in Ireland?

Managing director Jerry Grant: 765m litres a day still being lost in public pipe network. Information gathered from the State’s water-metering programme has led Irish Water to conclude households waste less water than previously thought.
ccto: Iris times

What causes water shortages?

What causes water shortages?

A short spell of dry weather does not cause water shortages or drought. We need regular rainfall throughout the year, especially during winter, to build up our water supplies. During summer months, prolonged hot weather tends to cause a significant increase in water usage. When demand reaches critical levels, supplies are put under severe stress and necessary restrictions are introduced to protect our homes and businesses. Water shortages are also caused by leaks, old pipes, increased demand, a growing population and poor infrastructure.

How Do

How do we each use 129 litres of water every day?

Toilet flushing, showering and bathing, teeth brushing, dishwashing, and garden watering. These are the everyday things we use water for, yet rarely think about. But our water resources are struggling to meet demand. That’s why we are asking everyone to try and use only what they need.

  • Taps 30% 30%
  • Showers & Baths 28% 28%
  • Toilets 26% 26%
  • Dishwasher & Washing Machines 12% 12%
  • External (Garden & Yard) 4% 4%

Here are some simple checks that you can carry out in your home to determine if there are any internal plumbing issues causing leaks:

Check The Toilet

Is there a constant sound of water running from any of the toilet cisterns in your home? Check for a stream of water running inside the toilet bowl or place a piece of toilet paper on the inside back of the toilet bowl and see if it absorbs water.

Check The Water Storage Tank

Can you hear the water storage tank (usually located in the attic) refilling when water-consuming appliances are not in use or a toilet has not been recently flushed? It’s useful to carry out this check at night when it’s quiet. You can also check for signs of water coming from overflow pipes leading from the water storage tank, usually seen on the external wall on the side of your home.

Check All Taps

Check all your household and external garden taps for drips. A dripping tap can waste over 1,500 litres of water per year (which is enough water to fill 20 bathtubs) and can be repaired by simply replacing the washer.

Check Water-Consuming Appliances

Is there a constant sound of water running from any of the toilet cisterns in your home? Check for a stream of water running inside the toilet bowl or place a piece of toilet paper on the inside back of the toilet bowl and see if it absorbs water.

WATER

Water Saving Tips

Take A Shower

Take a shower instead of a bath to reduce water usage.

Drop The Hose

Use a rosehead watering can in the garden instead of a hose or sprinkler and aim for the roots.

Use A Bucket

If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge, instead of a hose.

Fix Dripping Taps

Avoid using excess water at home by mending taps and running toilets.

Turn Off The Tap

Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving.

Keep Chilling

Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap.

Limit Any Trough Overflow

Adjust the ball valves in drinking troughs to lower the float or replace faulty parts.
drain and cover troughs in the winter to avoid frost damage.

Butt Seriously!

Install a water butt to harvest rainwater from your gutters. Use it to water your garden or wash your yard.

Garden Cleaver

Water your plants or crops in the early morning or late evening. this saves water evaporating and avoids scorching your plants or crops too.

Time Your Shower

Taking a shorter shower can save up to 10 litres of water a minute.

Use It Twice

 Use a basin in your sink when rinsing food and use it for watering plants.

If It's Yellow, Let It Mellow

Consider only flushing the toilet when you really need to.

Protect Your Soil

Add a layer of plant material, like bark to your flower bed to prevent evaporation.

Load 'Em Up

Run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads.

Keep An Eye On Your Running Water

Don’t leave running taps and hosepipes unattended.

Use Your Plate Cooler

If you own a dairy farm, divert clean plate cooler water to a tank and use it for parlour washing.

Dry-clean The Yard

Use scrapers and brushes to remove solid waste from yards and pens before hosing.

Reducing leaks

Much of our drinking water is lost through leaks before it ever reaches your tap. We’re working to conserve our water by reducing the high levels of leakage across the country.

How do we each use 129 litres of water every day?

Toilet flushing, showering and bathing, teeth brushing, dishwashing, and garden watering. These are the everyday things we use water for, yet rarely think about. But our water resources are struggling to meet demand. That’s why we are asking everyone to try and use only what they need.

Water Saving Devices Can Make A Huge Difference To Your Supply

Toilet Cistern Bag

This device fits in the water cistern of your toilet and is filled with water causing it to expand and displace volume in the tank. This means that every time you flush the toilet, less water is used.

Dual Flush

Dual flushing systems for toilets give you the option to use a smaller amount or volume of water per flush instead of the full flush volume all the time, so you can save water. Most modern toilets are fitted with a dual flush system, but they can also be retro-fitted to existing systems.

Shower Timer

Some showers can use a lot of water, particularly power showers, so by spending less time showering you can save water. You can use a shower timer to help calculate and reduce the time you spend in the shower.

Aerator Tap/Showerhead

An aerator tap or showerhead pumps air into the water flow, which reduces the amount of water you use for the sink or the shower.

Water Butt

A water butt can be positioned to catch the run-off from the roof or gutters of your property and this harvested water can be used for watering your garden.

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