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Water Conservation Meeting for Schools. Ferrycarrig Hotel 5 th March 2008. Topics Covered. 1. Function of Wexford County Council. 2. Why Water Conservation? 3. How? 4. Demand Management Study 5. Identification of Water Usage 6. Water Conservation Measures(1) 7. Summary

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Water conservation meeting for schools

Water Conservation Meeting for Schools

Ferrycarrig Hotel

5th March 2008

Topics covered
Topics Covered

1. Function of Wexford County Council.

2. Why Water Conservation?

3. How?

4. Demand Management Study

5. Identification of Water Usage

6. Water Conservation Measures(1)

7. Summary

8. Water Conservation Measures(2)

9. Demand Management Summary

Function of wexford co co
Function of Wexford Co. Co.

  • One of the functions of the Council is to provide potable drinking water.

  • The Council currently produces over 42 million litres of water a day.

  • The following map shows the major public water supply schemes in the county.

Water conservation
Water Conservation

  • County Wexford Water Conservation Project commenced in January 2003.

  • Purpose of the project, is to promote the more effective utilisation of existing water resources reducing the volume of potable water lost or wasted in the distribution system.

Why water conservation
Why Water Conservation?

  • Saves Council’s money (spent elsewhere)

  • Saves on water bills (customers)

  • Helps environment

  • Increasing population – increasing demand

  • Smaller households – increase demand

  • More water appliances – dishwashers, power hoses, garden sprinklers.

  • (Possible) Climate change


  • Check your plumbing for leaks

  • Install water saving devices in toilet cisterns – can save 20% of the water you flush away

  • Eliminate automatic urinal flushing by installing sensor controlled ones

  • Don’t let the tap run unnecessarily

  • Make staff aware of the importance of saving water and money

  • Read your meter regularly, at least once a month.

Demand management study
Demand Management Study

  • Under the demand management section of the project, Gorey Community School was chosen to introduce water conservation measures.

Identification of water usage
Identification of Water Usage

  • A data logger installed on supply meter to record the volume of water used. Used to assess the consumption profile for the school.

  • Survey of the school undertaken to find out the number and type of plumbing fixtures and fittings.

Water conservation measures
Water Conservation Measures

  • Gorey Community School (1,600 pupils)

    • Installed push-fit taps, urinal controls and cistern dams (and repaired two small leaks).

    • Reduced water usage from 24,000 to 15,000 litres per day (on school day).


  • Per student consumption reduction from 15.5 l/student/day to 9.9 l/student/day

  • Savings of €6,750 per annum

  • Total capital cost of €9,076

  • Payback period of 16 months

  • Both a financial and environmental success

Water conservation measures 2
Water Conservation Measures(2)

  • Installation of loggers on supply meters

  • Leak detection

  • Pressure Reducing Valves

Demand management summary
Demand Management Summary

  • Monitor the meter supplying the building and assess the consumption.

  • Survey all water fittings in the building, this weill highlight where any repairs might be maade.

  • Install appropriate demand management devices

  • Finally monitor the water consumption on a continuous basis to ensure its remains consistent