Tuesday 20 February 2018

Water charges: €10 device can 'Beat the Meter'

Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent

Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth could save a family of five as much as 36,500 litres of water a year, research conducted by independent.ie reveals.

And investing just €10 in a device which introduces air to your kitchen tap to improve the pressure can help reduce consumption and result in lower bills when charges are introduced.

Water conservation experts Renergise.ie said domestic consumption can be reduced by up to 60pc by making simple lifestyle changes including installing aerators on kitchen and bathroom taps, and shower heads.

“Kitchen taps will typically produce about 15 litres a minute, but by installing tap aerators which cost €10 and can be easily installed, that can be reduced,” spokesman Gerry Hynes said.

“These restrict the flow and introduce air, which means you get the same pressure but using less water. The flow can be reduced to four or five litres a minute.

“A power shower uses between 20 and 30 litres of water a minute, but fitting a regulator - which works like the aerator - can reduce this to seven or eight, with no loss of pressure and without affecting performance.”

Some 1.35 million people will begin paying water charges from next October, with bills due to land the following January.

Not until next August will the amount to be charged per litre be revealed. Suggest tariffs will be published by the water regulator, the Commission for Energy Regulation, in the coming weeks.


The Irish Independent today publishes the definitive guide to water charges.

Experts give a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know: from the simple tips to the clever gadgets that can reduce your water usage – and save you money.

Beat the Meter – only in today's Irish Independent.

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