House & Garden

As our country grows, so does the demand on our water resources. If we're all to enjoy our precious reserves we must be more aware of water conservation.

Water is precious.
Let's conserve it.

On average each person in the Greater Dublin Region consumes 150 litres per day! That's a lot. But it can be reduced. Read our Tap Tips to find out how.

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10 Tips to Conserve Water in the House

  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge

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

  • Use a basin to rinse/clean your fruit and vegetables

Instead of letting the tap run, use a basin to rinse/clean your fruit and vegetables. And you can use the leftover water to give your potted plants a drink.

Use a bucket
of water
not a hose

A hose uses
more water
in one hour than the average family uses in a day. The car will be just as clean using a bucket of water. Always use a bucket and sponge to clean windows or wash your car instead of a hose.

  • Don't flush it all away

A third of all the water used in the house is flushed down the toilet. Some larger toilet cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device such as a hippo bag or a bottle filled with water into the cistern.

  • Be leak free

Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes. If you see a leak in a public place, please report it to your Local Authority.

  • Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they're full

A washing machine on full cycle uses up to 65 litres of water; dishwashers 20 litres. Only use your appliances when they're full. You'll conserve water and save money by reducing your energy bill.

Don't
leave
the tap
running
while brushing your teeth

Turning the tap off when brushing your teeth can save over 7,000 litres of water per year.

  • In the shower

Reduce the time you spend in the shower. A regular shower will use about 35 litres of water in 5 mins. But beware a power shower will use over 125 litres in the same time.

  • Know how to turn off your water supply

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

Hot Drinks

Fill the kettle with enough
water for your needs. You
will
save
energy too!

10 Tips to Conserve Water in the Garden

Grass

Grass can survive for long periods without water and will quickly recover when the next rain showers arrive. Raising lawnmower blades to a higher level will help stop grass from scorching in warm weather. Leaving the clippings on the lawn protects roots and returns nutrients to the soil.

  • Watering cans

If you must water your plants, do it in the early morning or evening when it's cooler. Forget the hose and always use a watering can fitted with a rose.

Compost

Recycle your green kitchen waste in a compost bin. Compost provides valuable
nutrients and
helps retain
moisture
in the soil.

  • Don't hose that driveway

Don't use a hose when cleaning paths, patios and driveways. Use a shovel and brush instead.

  • Mulches

Using mulch such as wood chips, bark or gravel will help prevent water evaporation and will suppress weed growth saving water and the need for weeding. These are especially valuable for shrubs, flowerbeds and new plantings.

Collect
rainwater

Rainwater is
excellent for your
garden. Collect it
in a water butt fed from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover large containers for safety. Some Local Authorities now sell water butts. Or check with your local garden centre.

  • Weed those beds

Regularly weed and hoe your garden, to ensure that watering helps your plants and not your weeds.

  • Spot those leaks

Regularly check your outdoor taps, pipes and plumbing fixtures for leaks.

  • Re-use water

Use a basin in your sink to collect and reuse water for your garden plants.

  • Trees, shrubs and plants

Plant flowers and shrubs that like warm and dry conditions. Your local garden centre can give you advice. Established trees and shrubs do not need to be watered.