Water is a valuable resource and by conserving water and using only what we need in our homes and businesses, we can all contribute to building a sustainable water supply for everyone.

On average we use 129 litres of water every day – How ??

Toilet flushing, showering and bathing, teeth brushing, dishwashing, and garden watering.

The figures below show an approximate breakdown of water usage in a typical Irish house and more importantly don’t account for occasional water losses due to leaks or plumbing issues.

These are the everyday things we use water for, yet rarely think about.

  • 26%  – Toilets
  • 28%  – Showers & Baths
  • 30%  – Taps
  • 12%  –  Dishwasher & Washing Machines
  •   4%  –  External (Garden & Yard)

Some Tips to save water !!


  • TAPS – Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Save up to 6 litres of water per minute.
  • BATH & Shower – An average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute. Taking a shorter shower will save lots of water.
    • USE THE BABYDAM  Bathwater Barrier in your bath tub and save up to 56 Litres of water each time you bath your little ones !!!!!

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  • WASHING MACHINE – Run your washing machine and dishwasher with full loads and save water and energy!
  • COLD DRINKS FROM TAP – Instead of running the cold tap for a cool drink, keep a jug of water in the fridge. This could save up to 10 litres of water per day.n in your sink so when you rinse or wash food you can collect the water and use it for watering plants.
  • TOILET – Toilet flushing is one of the biggest water users in most homes. Consider only flushing the toilet when you really need to.
  • GARDEN – Water your plants in the early morning or late evening. This saves water evaporating and avoids scorching your plants too.
  • NEW APPLIANCES – When you buy new appliances choose ones that use less water.

*Data sources include: Marshallsay, Dean, ‘Micro-components of water use in the home’, Artesia Consulting, 3/11/2016. Fennell, Chris; Gill, Laurence; O’Connell, David, ‘An assessment of the efficiency of water saving devices in Irish households’, Trinity College Dublin, 2018.