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Louth saw drop in water consumption between 2015 and 2016

Water usage rates released

Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Louth saw drop in water consumption between 2016 and 2016

Louth saw drop in water consumption between 2016 and 2016

CSO statistics released today show that average water usage rates in Louth dropped by 6.7% between 2015 and 2016.

The 2016 water usage rates, which are the most recent statistics available on water usage on a county by county basis, show that the average consumption in litres per meter per day in Louth was 351 litres. 

This matches exactly, the State average usage per day. It also represents a drop of 6.7% since 2015, when the average consumption in Louth was 376 litres per meter per day.

The drop in usage, lags slightly behind the national decrease, which saw a decrease in average usage of 8.4%. It should be noted however that in 2015 annual average consumption per meter per day in 2016 was 383 litres, which was higher than the rate in Louth.

Usage rates in Louth in 2016 on a monthly basis, saw November as being the month where the least average usage was recorded, at 345 litres per meter per day. May was recorded as being the month with the highest average usage, at 363 litres per meter per day.

Both of these figures are slightly higher than the national average however, with the lowest being recorded in November (342 litres) and the highest in May (358 litres).

The median consumption rates are also available and are quite useful, as they reflect typical levels of consumption more than average consumption, as the median is less affected by meters with very high levels of water use.

Nationally, the median consumption per meter per day in 2016 of 249 litres, was 1.2% higher than the 2015 figure of 246 litres.

In Louth, the median consumption was 252 litres per meter per day, slightly higher than the national median usage. Monthly median usage ranged from a low of 248 litres per meter per day in 2016 to a high of 259 litres per meter per day in May.

On a monthly basis nationally, the median consumption ranged from a low of 246 litres to a high of 258 litres per meter per day - both figures slightly lower than those recorded for Louth.