More than two-thirds of people would change their water usage if a charge was brought back, according to a survey published today by NUI Galway.
The ConsEnSus Lifestyle Survey found that the re-introduction of a water charge would lead 68% of respondents to alter their water use.
The research was carried out in more than 1,500 households around the country, between 2010 and 2011, and found a marked improvement in environmental awareness in Ireland over the past decade.
The study also examined people’s attitudes and behaviours towards sustainable household consumption and sustainable lifestyles in the areas of mobility, food and energy use.
A total of 89% said they try to reduce the amount of food waste their household produces and 86% admitted they are concerned about the environment.