One of the consequences of living in a rich, stable country is that we may take many things for granted, things that in other societies are seen in an entirely different light because they are scarce and irreplaceable.
That we have fewer than 20 rivers that can still be described as "pristine" suggests we take water for granted and imagine it an infinite resource.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Irish Water have consistently advocated a more responsible attitude to protecting scarce water resources, especially as human, agricultural and industrial demand seem to grow relentlessly.
Irish Water continued that by encouraging handwashing instead of powerwashing as domestic water usage has increased by an average of 20% in homes across the country since the C19 lockdown was put in place.
Apart at all from wondering if water charges might have curtailed this unsustainable growth it seems that we need a cultural shift in how we regard, protect and use water if we want to avoid some form of rationing or another in the future.