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€9.75m scheme to promote water conservation measures in 1,823 schools – Tánaiste

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‘Funding of almost €10m will see major improvements in water conservation in primary and post primary schools around the country,’ says Tánaiste.

1,823 primary and post primary schools across the country will be able to carry out works to reduce their use of water under a €9.75m scheme announced today  by the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD.

Announcing the fund, the Tánaiste said: ‘I am delighted to confirm that these 1,823 schools will benefit from funding which will help to reduce their use of  water, with a consequent reduction in the running cost of schools.

‘The fund of almost €10 million will finance over 1,823 projects in these schools to reduce their water usage through the installation of water displacement devices, percussion spray taps, thermostatic mixing valves and other water controls.

‘These works will reduce the water charges being paid by schools and I am delighted to be able to provide Boards of Management and Trustees with a means to do so.

‘I’d ask schools to ensure that they get best value for money on prices for jobs in the more competitive construction market,’ said the Tánaiste.

The Planning and Building Unit will shortly contact all schools approved for grant aid under the scheme with further details and instructions on how to proceed

This latest announcement forms part of this year’s €579 million school building and modernisation programme.

The programme makes a very significant contribution towards job creation in the construction sector.

Conserve Water in Galway! ! !

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Let us audit your businesses water consumption by logging your water meter using our Data Logging Equipment. Due to the recent dry spell water levels are very low. SES Ltd Water Conservation and Leak Detection Service will help you find that hidden leak, and help you reduce your consumption to absolute minimal levels.

Top 10 ways to save water in the home

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1. Keep a jug of water in the fridge

Instead of letting the tap run when waiting for cold water, fill a jug of water and keep it in the fridge.

2. Use a basin to rinse/clean your fruit and vegetables

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

3. Use a bucket of water not a hose

A hose uses more water in one hour than the average family uses in a day. The car will be just as clean using a bucket of water. Always use a bucket and sponge to clean windows or wash your car instead of a hose.

4. Dont flush it all away.

A third of all the water used in the house is flushed down the toilet. Some larger toilet cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a  a hippo bag into the cistern.

5. Be Leak free

Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes. If you see a leak in a public place, please report it to your Local Authority. If you discover a leak contact us to discuss.

6. Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they are full.

A washing machine on full cycle uses up to 65 litres of water; dishwashers 20 litres. Only use your appliances when they’re full. You’ll conserve water and save money by reducing your energy bill.

7. Dont leave the tap running when brushing your teeth

Turning the tap off when brushing your teeth can save over 7,000 litres of water per year.

8. Cut shower times

Reduce the time you spend in the shower. A regular shower will use about 35 litres of water in 5 mins. But beware a power shower will use over 125 litres in the same time. Visit our online shop to purchase a watersaving shower head.

9. Know how to turn off your water supply.

This could save thousands of litres of water and can prevent damage to your home in the event of a pipe burst.

10. Hot drinks

Fill the kettle with enough water for your needs. You will save energy too!

How do i know i have a leak?

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  • Next time your premises are not in use, turn off all water fittings, including taps and cisterns. Remember to turn the fittings back on when the test is complete.
  • Take a reading from your water meter. Note the figure and the date and time. If you have more than one meter, take note of all meter readings.
  • If possible leave your water fittings turned off for a few hours, e.g. overnight or over a weekend.
  • After this period take note of the meter reading. There should be no difference in the meter readings at the start and the end of the leak test.

    If there is a significant increase between the start and the end of the test, then you may have a leak in your system. You will need to get specialist advice to identify the source of the leak.

    You are responsible for maintaining all of the pipes and fittings within the boundary of your premises. It is in your interest to fix any leaks as soon as possible, as you will be billed for the water wasted.