Water charge costs can be spared through greater efficiencies, says expert

Water charge costs can be spared through greater efficiencies, says expert

 

Water charges are due to be introduced in 2015
Water charges are due to be introduced in 2015
Consumers can be spared much of the cost of water charges through greater efficiencies, according to a water expert.

Water charges are due to be introduced in January 2015 but a conference is due to hear today that Ireland can learn from international experience.

Consultant engineer Sam Murdock believes that energy use at waste water treatment centres could be reduced by 20% by converting sludge into biogas.

Ireland is also dumping its waste offshore and recycling only 5%, compared to 100% recycling in other countries.

Furthermore, the water leakage rate in Ireland is 40%, compared to just 20% in Britain.

The Byrne Looby Water Forum is due to hear from a number of experts, including representatives from Scottish Water.

It will be attended by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

 



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