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Water conservation urged to safeguard future supply

Irish Water said people should only use the water they need, and avoid waste.

Irish water urged householders and businesses to cut water waste (PA)
Irish water urged householders and businesses to cut water waste (PA)

Irish Water is appealing to the public to only use the water they need in an effort to safeguard the supply.

The supplier launched a conservation campaign on Wednesday encouraging people to be mindful of the amount of water they use because of the economic and environmental cost of providing safe, clean drinking water.

Hosepipe bans were introduced last summer due to a prolonged drought.

The appeal comes as a new survey, conducted by Behaviours and Attitudes for Irish Water, found 52% of people admit they waste water and 25% believe they do not need to conserve water because of the level of rainfall in Ireland.

Irish Water head of asset management Sean Laffey said: “Bad storms followed by the prolonged drought last year really showed people that safe, clean, treated water is not in unlimited supply and that we all have to play a part in conserving it.

“It was really encouraging last summer to see on social media and elsewhere the conservation measures that people were taking in their homes and businesses.

“However when the urgency of a drought passes, it is easy to lose focus on how precious water is. This is despite the fact that the financial and environmental impact of treating and providing drinking water does not decrease as rainfall increases.

“We are encouraging everyone to play their part and use only what they need.”

The company admitted leakage is a massive problem but it said it has a plan in place and is fixing more than 1,500 leaks every month.

The current national leakage rate is 43%.

Some 1.7 billion litres of water is collected, treated and pumped to homes, businesses, hospitals and farms across Ireland every day.

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