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Water Conservation

The water usage on our GWS has been reduced significantly as a result of installing bulk meter loggers at various points throughout the Scheme. Each logger is monitored daily, which enable the manager to identify specific areas where water usage has increased. The digital water meter syatem then assists in finding water leaks.




Members are advised not to leave pipes exposed and to turn off their water connections to land where there are no livestock for the winter period. 



Mid Roscommon GWS, Mid Roscommon Co-Operative Society Ltd.
Mid Roscommon GWS, Mid Roscommon Co-Operative Society Ltd.


  • A power shower uses at least 80 litres of water in 5 minutes.

  • An ordinary shower uses 35 litres in 5 minutes.

  • A bath uses about 70 litres of water.

  • A (new model) washing machine uses 50 litres of water.

  • Flushing the toilet uses 9 litres of water per flush.

  • If you wash your hands 5 times a day with the tap running for 1 minute you use 30 litres of water.

  • Brushing your teeth with the tap running for 3 minutes uses 18 litres of water.

  • Washing your dishes in the sink uses 9 litres of water.

  • Cleaning the house and washing the floors/windows uses 16 litres of water. 

Tips to conserve water:


----In the Kitchen

  • Only wash full loads in the dishwasher.

  • Soak pots and pans before washing. When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water.

  • When buying a new dishwasher, consider purchasing a water-saving model. Newer models can reduce water usage by 25% and are no more expensive than non-conserving models.


----In the Bathroom

  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving.

  • Replace or adjust the toilet handle if it frequently sticks in the flush position letting water run constantly. 

  • Install a low-flow showerhead. It can reduce water usage significantly while still providing a refreshing, cleansing shower.

  • Do not dispose of facial tissues, paper or cigarettes in the toilet.

  • Replace older, larger toilets with newer ultra-flow flush models.


----Doing Laundry

  • Only put on your washing machine when it is full.

  • Insulate your water pipes as this will heat water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up. 

  • Buy a water-saving model washing machine. New horizontal models can save up to 40% of the water used by a conventional model. 



  • Don't overwater your landscape. Give plants only the amount of water they need. 

  • Instead of using a running hose to wash your car, try using a bucket and sponge plus a trigger nozzle on the hose as a running hose can waste about 400 litres of water.

  • Collect rainwater for use in your garden. Rainwater is actually better for your plants as it is raw water and is at ambient temperature.

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Mid Roscommon GWS, Mid Roscommon Co-Operative Society Ltd.
Mid Roscommon GWS, Mid Roscommon Co-Operative Society Ltd.
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