TWO Leixlip town councillors who demonstrated water saving devices said there was great interest in them.
At the recent electrical recycling event held at Barnhall rugby club grounds, Cllrs. Anthony Larkin and Denis McCarthy, demonstrated use of what are known as “water butts.”
The butts are containers which are attached to drainpipes to catch rain water which can be used by householders.
Cllr. Larkin said that many people seemed put off by the perceived difficult of installing the butts but on being show how it is done “could not believe how simple it is.”
Kildare County Council sells the butts, which contain up to 30 litres of water and do not overflow when full – the water goes back into the drain system - but while they are sold online buyers have to go to Newbridge to collect them up.
Cllr. Larkin, both a Leixlip and Celbridge area Kildare County Councillor, has put down motions seeking to have them made available for collection at Maynooth but has been told that the Council do not have the staff resources to distribute them.
At the demonstration, Cllr. McCarthy reckons he could have sold 26 of the devices. Cllr. Larkin said that water conservation may be more popular in rural Kildare, it has not extended to any great extent into the metropolitan north east of the county.
He believes that will change radically when water charges are introduced and householders will realise the financial gain of saving rain water.
The saved water can be used washing cars or watering plants. If boiled, it can be used to drink.
- Henry Bauress