LEIXLIP Town Council has donated two water saving devices to two primary schools in Leixlip.
On 27 November, the water butts were delivered to Scoil San Carlo Junior in Confey and Scoil Eoin Phoil on the Green Lane.
The butts are placed beside rain drains and each collect 200 litres of what Town Council chairperson, Colm Purcell, described as “soft water” or rain water.
In some countries such devices are legally required.
Explaining to a group of the school’s pupils who came to witness the handover, Cllr. Purcell said it cost Kildare County Council a lot of money to treat water for drinking but we are using this for watering flowers and trees. “Drinking water is very expensive. We won’t be using it to water flowers in the future,” he said at the first school, Scoil San Carlo.
Cllr. Purcell, who was accompanied by Cllr. Denis McCarthy, and Karen Honan and Enda Kinnane, from the Town Council, said: “Water will be scarce in the future.”
He thanked the pupils for getting involved.
Principal, Bridie Divilly, thanked the Town Council for the donation. It would add to the the lovely planting at the school carried out by the volunteer group, Leixlip Tidy Town Association.