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Water Conservation Guide for Builders
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Water Conservation Guide for Builders

Irish Water has launched its guide for the construction industry outlining how businesses can better conserve and reuse water.

To successfully manage Ireland’s future water supply, Irish Water has been working with businesses on how to make changes to how water is used and to join Irish Water’s upcoming Water Conservation Clinics.

 

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In August, Irish Water announced its guide for the construction industry outlining how businesses can better conserve and reuse water.

Developed in partnership with the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Sisk, Cairn Homes, and the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC), details how builders and trade professionals can implement sustainable and circular processes to achieve massive savings in water conservation. Such measures included:

 

  • Installing rainwater harvesting systems for dust suppression, vehicle cleaning, ponds, or underground tanks;
  • Reusing water from groundwater or surface water drainage to dampen roads in hot weather;
  • Using innovative technology, e.g. percussion taps, twin flush/low water toilets;
  • Introducing recirculating systems for cleaning tools and greywater, and use for flushing toilets or irrigating plants;
  • Designing ground surfaces to slope away from structures and towards garden areas and recharge zones;
  • Retaining as much vegetation as possible during construction to reduce water evaporation.

 

Water is a precious natural resource and conserving water is necessary for a sustainable future. With the construction industry working towards circular ways of using water and lowering water use, it’s a positive move towards protecting our environment and lowering operating costs.

To join Irish Water’s upcoming Water Conservation Clinics this autumn you can sign up on Irish Water’s dedicated webpage.

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