Cllr Mark Casey (Ind) called on the local authority to make the installation of dual flush toilets mandatory for every planning application where washrooms were required.
“Basically there are 4.5 litres of water being literally flushed down the toilet on a daily bases by households across the county,” fumed Cllr Casey. “We need to come up with solutions that conserve water, not waste it.”
“This is a very good notice of motion,” Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind) then suggested. “We definitely have to look at ways in which we can conserve water; with the changes that are coming to water services in the years ahead, people are becoming more and more conscious of water wastage now and what Cllr Casey is suggesting is something that I feel, could work.”
Then the matter lead to school buildings and how many facilities in Co Longford were in fact “leading the way” in relation to the proposals contained within Cll Casey’s motion. “I think that schools should be encouraged to put in a system that conserves water - there has to be a way to tackle wastage of quality drinking water,” added Cllr Barney Steele (FF).
“The new school in Edgeworthstown got a grant for a new water system, which is working exceptionally well,” said Cllr Tom Victory (FF). “I feel that it is the schools that are in fact taking the lead on this issue and maybe all of us could learn a lot from them in relation to this.”
Cllr PJ Reilly (FF) then pointed out that runoff water from roofs and gutters was a grave “waste of water” and suggested ways in which the mineral could be collected and reused around the home or gardens.
“I think that Cllr Casey’s motion is good and it is definitely a step in the right direction, but I feel we have a long way to go on this,” Cllr Gerry Brady concluded.