Water Conservation

The Limerick City Water Supply Conservation Project was initiated in 1997. Under this project the city was divided into 17 zones called District Meter Zones for water distribution management. Each zone has one or two feeds, which are connected to a telemetry system in City Hall. This system is downloaded every morning and the person checking the profiles is alerted to any changes i.e. bursts or shut valves which may have occurred in the previous 24 hours.

Limerick City Council has an dedicated leakage detection team. A number of different methodologies are used when pursuing leaks in the different zones from the simple listening stick to the leak noise correlator which is a specially developed electronic device for detecting leaks. The majority of our leak detection work is carried out at night when there is minimum draw off the system and when the background noise from traffic is reduced.

A number of Pilot Projects were successfully carried out under Phase 1 of the project which are listed below:
  • Common Lead Service Pipes renewed in Janesboro and Hyde Road
  • Pilot Project on Commercial Metering in Thomas Street
  • Water Saving Devices in Ballinacurra
  • Find and Fix leaks city wide



Water Water everywhere but not a drop to drink!

Have you ever stopped to think how difficult life would be if you didn't have a constant supply of fresh water.

Most of us in Ireland take water for granted and presume because of our rainy climate; we can rely on having an unlimited supply that is clean and safe. However, this is not the case. Providing high quality drinking water involves very costly and elaborate treatment processes. Excessive water usage puts pressure on these processes so if we would like a high quality supply in the future,
we must all begin to conserve water now.

How can you save water?

The Bathroom

  • Bath time - Don't fill the bath to the top, you can save water and energy


  • Shower saving - Take a quick shower instead of a bath


  • Down the plughole - Plug the basin when washing your hands and face


  • Zap the tap - Don't leave the tap running while brushing your teeth

The Kitchen

  • Plug it - Never wash dishes under a running tap, use the plug in the sink


  • Fix your drips - A dripping tap can waste up to 3.4 litres per hour or almost 30,000 litres per year. Replacing a worn tap washer can stop the drips


  • Fill your machine - When filling your kettle, only use as much water as you really need


  • Something fishy -After boiling an egg, the cooled water may be used for watering house plants, this water contains nutrients which help to nourish the plants


The Garden

  • Use a bucket to wash your car -Washing your car with a hose will typically use around 300 litres of water equivalent to approximately 33 buckets of water



Additional Information available on www.smartenergysystems.ie.

Last update:10/10/2012