Do Carlow people know how much water they use every day?

Survey shows we greatly underestimate our usage

Irish Water research shows more than 50% of those surveyed under-estimate daily usage by half.       

The average person uses 129 litres of water a day, as verified by the Irish Water’s economic regulator, Commission for Regulation of Utilities.

However the research commissioned by Irish Water indicates that 56% of those surveyed believe that the average person uses less than 50 litres of water per day, 20% believe they use between 51 and 100 litres, 14% estimate that it’s between 101 and 200 litres and 10% believe it is over 200 litres.

The research was conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes (B&A) of 1000 adults between 11th July and 19th July 2018 on the public water usage and attitudes. 

As Irish Water continues to urge the public to conserve water, it is essential that people know how much they actually use if they are to reduce their consumption.

The B&A survey also shows that two out of three people have begun to make a concerted effort to change their behaviour in order to conserve water and Irish Water want to continue to support and encourage this positive behaviour.

* 2 in 3 people (65%) report that they are making an effort to conserve water during the past few weeks
* 43% said they use containers to catch and retain water for reuse in the garden
* 65% have reduced or are not watering their garden
* 60% have had fewer or no car washes during the ‘drought’ period  

Simple steps you can take to play your part include:

In the bathroom:
Choose to have a shower rather than a bath.
Take a shorter shower and save up to 10 litres of water per minute.
Let the ‘yellow mellow’ and consider only flushing the toilet when you need to.
Fix dripping taps or leaking toilets in your home
When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the tab and save up to six litres of water per minute.
In the kitchen:
Run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads.
Place a basin in the sink and use any water left over from washing vegetables on your plants.
Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap, which can waste 10 litres per day of water.
In the garden:
Use a rose head watering can instead of a hose or sprinkler and aim for the roots, not the leaves.
Water plants in the early morning or late evening to avoid unnecessary evaporation.
Add a layer of plant material, like bark, to your flower bed to help prevent evaporation.
If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose.
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