Water has been one of the most talked about natural resources in Ireland over the last 12 months.
How we use it – and how we conserve it – has never been more important.
Check out taptips.ie for useful water conservation advice in the home and at work.
Some facts and figures are highlighted below:
WATER CONSUMPTION FACTS IN THE HOME
1. The average adult consumes two litres of water every day.
2. A household uses three litres of water every day during food preparation.
3. A single toilet flush uses seven litres of water.
4. The average household will uses 15 litres of water for everyday household tasks in the kitchen. (washing counters, mopping floors, running a tap to fill a glass of water, washing hands etc.)
5. One dishwasher cycle uses 24 litres of water.
6. A ten-minute electric shower uses 37 litres of water.
7. An average washing machine cycle uses 50 litres of water.
10 WATER CONSERVATION TIPS
1. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
2. Fill an empty bottle of water and put it in the cistern of your toilet or purchase a displacement device such as a hippo bag.
3. Take shorter showers. Buy an egg-timer and set your shower time to less than 10 minutes.
4. Keep a jug of water in the fridge – saves you running and wasting water to have one glass to quench your thirst.
5. Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full.
6. Collect rain water for outdoor use with a rain barrel.
7. When you turn on your shower collect that cold water in a bucket before the warm water starts to flow. It can be used for watering plants, pet
8. Use a basin when prepping food instead of letting the tap run.
9. Consider changing your taps to self-closing taps.
10. Fix any leaking or dripping taps.