It has been announced that all new buildings, including all domestic and commercial developments will be required to install rainwater harvesting systems in an attempt to reduce overall water consumption.
The regulations which are hoped to be in place by 2015 will also include new school premises, offices and apartments.
Changes to the planning regulations will be introduced so that all new buildings will be fitted with harvesting facilities which will reduce the demand for mains water as part of a Government water conservation programme. Expected 50% reductions in consumption will help to reduce household and business costs.
The changes could, however, add to construction costs with the additional systems required.
This will mean a secondary system in place to store the diverted water and to provide adequate supply for non-drinking purposes as well as a primary supply from your existing water services provider or Irish Water as it replaces County Council departments.
Our web page on rainwater harvesting shows the experimental work that has been carried out and the high quality water we have been able to produce.