Sunday 4 December 2016

Irish Water saved me €2,000 a year by identifying leak

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

'We calculated we were losing 2,880 litres of water a day due to a leak (picture posed)
'We calculated we were losing 2,880 litres of water a day due to a leak (picture posed)

I am that person who turns off the tap when brushing my teeth, only runs the dishwasher when it is full, waters her garden with rainwater collected in our water butt and is very conscious about the water we use. I even put a bucket in my shower to collect water when waiting for the water to warm up and then pour it into our toilet cistern for reuse.

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Imagine my horror when we received a letter from Irish Water informing us that we had a high level of water use which indicated a possible leak. Here is my experience with Irish Water: I have to say, it was very professional and friendly.

After my phone call, an appointment was made a week later under the First Fix Free programme. The contractor inspected our property from meter to house and then looked inside. Unfortunately, I was informed that the leak was inside the house and it was our responsibility to repair it. He told me that we were losing between one and two litres of water per minute! Doing the calculations, that meant that we were losing 2,880 litres a day and over one million litres per year.

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