By Ailish Lalor
After three months of effort, we are happy to announce that the survey results for Galway, Ireland, are out! In case you haven’t been following our journey so far, we launched our Galway campaign in late February to understand how Galway residents perceived their drinking water quality. This post introduces our 77 respondents in terms of their backgrounds and daily interactions with water. (The next post will be about water quality and Irish Water.)
NB: These results may be slightly biased as most of our respondents were probably connected to our local partners in Galway — Right2Water and Galway University.
Where did they get their water and how did they use it?
98.6% got their water from the mains. 60% drank water directly from the tap, (57.3% said their friends did the same) 14.1% filtered their tap water, 4.2% boiled water before use, and 32.4% drank bottled water.
85.1% did not know if there is lead in their pipes. (We don’t know if there’s lead in the pipes, either.) Almost all used water for cooking, cleaning and bathing, with most also drinking it but less than half using it for gardening — a result that may indicate a lack of gardening or rain-fed gardens.