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Thursday 22 February 2018

10 Tap Tips

Just over half of people have signed up to Irish Water so far
Just over half of people have signed up to Irish Water so far
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

With a waterless week ahead for Dubliners, many may be desperately trying to remember what they learnt in school about saving the precious commodity.

Was there something about using the shower instead of the bath? Or was it the other way around?

The pressure is on, no pun intended, this week for those in the capital to keep their water usage at an all-time low.

Here are ten tap tips on how to save water, right down to that very last droplet.

1. Turn the tap off

If you’re abiding by the three-minute rule for brushing your teeth, which most of us don’t anyway, turn the tap off. A running tap uses six litres of water a minute.

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Just over half of people have signed up to Irish Water so far

2. Shower, it’s the shower

The shower/bath question? It’s the shower. A bath uses more than twice the volume of water compared to a shower. Which leads us to...

3. “You’re using all the water!”

Regularly screamed into the bathroom at us when we’ve hit the 30-minute mark in a steaming-hot shower (there is no better place to contemplate life’s biggest questions), this famous Irish mammy’s quote should be adhered to.

4. Ask yourself...

Do you really need to shower? For some of us, it’s a habit to shower daily. Maybe try an extra twenty minutes in bed instead and, if you don’t get any funny looks during the day, you’ve been successful in your latest endeavour of saving water.

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5. Skip washing the car

A running hose uses 500 litres of water an hour so you can skip washing the motor this week. In fact, the forecasted rain should just do the job for you anyway.

6. Kill two birds...

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

7. Wait until it’s full

This applies for both the washing machine and the dishwasher. A typical washing machine uses up to 65 litres in one cycle. If you’re stuck, give your favourite clothes a quick rinse in a basin. “Sure, you’ll be grand.”

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8. Small flushes

Even the biggest toilet cisterns can flush successfully with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device like a bottle filled with water into the cistern and save water.

9. One cuppa or two?

We all have a habit of filling the kettle for just one or two cups of tea. Perhaps it’s the ‘Irish’ in us hoping more will call around for a cuppa? Either way, think smart and only fill the kettle with what you need.

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10. Bottle up

Keep a bottle in the fridge to guarantee you a refreshing glass of water. Now you’re even thinking of the droplets that can escape from the kitchen tap.

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