Rainwater Harvesting: Is it Worth it? Cloughjordan Ecovillage host EcoLearn day

Rainwater Harvesting: Is it Worth it?

Sharing Our Experiences of Rainwater Harvesting in Cloughjordan Ecovillage


Water is a hot topic in Ireland in 2014 and one that we are going to hear more about in the future. With water metering on the way, many Irish householders are looking for more information about how to make savings on water use as well as how to reduce waste. Cloughjordan Ecovillage is hosting an EcoLearn day called “Rainwater Harvesting: Is It Worth It? on Saturday 26 July from 11am to 5pm to share first-hand knowledge and experiences of Rainwater Harvesting.


What can rainwater be used for and how does Rainwater Harvesting work? What are the benefits and when does it not make sense?  What are the options and how much does it cost? This EcoLearn day in Cloughjordan Ecovillage opens the doors to a demonstration of Rainwater Harvesting in action and offers an opportunity for householders to figure out if the investment in a Rainwater Harvesting system is worth it.


Irish water supplies are under stress due to increasing individual consumption, changes to rainfall patterns caused by climate change, and because of population growth.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge could have been right when he said “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”! In Ireland the average person uses about 150 litres per day, but domestic water usage could be reduced by 50-70% with modest rainwater storage capacity.


The day will be conducted in an interactive way combining input with active participation and sharing. It is open to anyone who is interested in the issues being examined and does not require any prior level of knowledge. However participants who have previously used rainwater harvesting will be invited to share their experiences.


The EcoLearn Day begins at 11:00am and runs to 5pm, allowing people travel by train from Dublin area and return on the same day. For those who wish to stay over, an optional Sunday morning outdoor Meitheal is planned.


The Ecovillage is located in the heart of Cloughjordan and received the Gold Award for best ‘Socio-Economic Project’ at UN International Awards for Liveable Communities in Xiamen, China, Nov 2013. It now has 100 residents living in 50 high-performance green homes; over 20,000 newly planted trees and Ireland’s largest renewable energy district heating system. Django’s is welcoming overnight guests, Cloughjordan Wood-Fired Bakery is producing award-winning breads and WeCreate, unique creative and technological workspace for eco entrpeneurs, is open for business.


Hosted by Cloughjordan Ecovillage as part of its EcoLearn programme

Date: 11am-5pm Saturday 26 July

Location: Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Cost: €40 before July 19, €50 from July 20, €10 discount if you travel by train.

Accommodation: available in Django’s Hostel www.djangos.ie

Enquiries: learning@thevillage.ie

Online booking: www.thevillage.ie


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