More than half of Irish households let in to wasting water

More than half of Irish households let in to wasting water already though four out of five know it is important to take steps to conserve it, a new survey has found.

Irish Water has called on members of the public to be mindful of their water usage moving into the summer period.

According to research conducted by B&A polling company on behalf of the utility, some 53 per cent of Irish households let in to wasting water. This is despite 78 per cent of households knowing it is important to try to conserve the resource.

The figures are based on an online survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,000 people, conducted in the first quarter of 2022.

John O’Donoghue, Irish Water’s regional operations manager, said while individual action was necessary, he acknowledged leakage was also a “big issue”.

“In 2018 we had quite high leakage levels at 46 per cent. The 2021 figures are down to 38 per cent. We are working and putting a lot of financial resources and manpower into reducing leaks, proactively finding and fixing,” he said.

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