Tips to Conserve Water During a Heatwave
As the summer sun continues to shine bright, and with little rain, our water reserves are becoming increasingly stressed. Water authorities in Ireland and the UK are urging people to conserve water as the heatwave continues.
In Ireland, a statement from Irish Water said: “Demand for water is increasing while levels in rivers and lakes are dropping significantly which means that is there is less water available to treat and supply to homes and businesses.”
As of July 4 2018, Irish Water has issued a National Water Conservation Order commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban, which will be in place from 8 am on Friday, 6 July until midnight on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 for all domestic public water supplies and commercial premises for non-commercial activities with the aim to conserve water. Under section 56(16) of the Water Services Act 2007, Irish Water has the authority to restrict or prohibit water use in cases where serious deficiencies of water for distribution exist.
Under the National Water Conservation Order, the prohibited uses are as follows:
Use of water drawn through a hosepipe or similar apparatus for the purpose:
- watering a garden
- cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
- cleaning a private leisure boat
- filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)
- filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds)
- filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)
- filling or replenishing an artificial pond, lake or similar application.
In light of the National Water Conservation Order, here are some practical tips to conserve water at home, and many of these can also be applied to the work environment:
- A jug or bottle of with water kept in the fridge gives you quick access to a cool drink, without having to run the tap to wait until the water is sufficiently cold.
- It would be helpful to take speedy showers to cut your shower time by a few minutes.
- Avoid taking baths till the threat of water deficiency persists.
- Do not water your lawn. If your lawn is turning brown the advice is not to worry, it will recover when it rains again.
- Make sure the tap is off while brushing your teeth. For each minute you spend brushing your teeth you can save six litres of water just by turning off the tap. The same applies if you are shaving or even washing your hands.
- Wait until your washing machine/dishwasher is full before turning it on. Settings for half a load uses more than half the water and energy of a full load.
- Only fill the kettle to the level you need. One cup of tea does not require a full kettle so try to remember not to automatically fill it each time.
- Look for any leaky pipes around your home and/or workplace.
You can view water restrictions in Ireland here.