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Most of us plan to wash less, once water charges come in...

A company’s gone to the trouble of commissioning a poll….

SIX IN TEN Irish adults plan to use less water for personal hygiene once water charges come in.

Yes, someone’s gone to the trouble of actually commissioning a poll on the subject: Hotpoint, to be precise (they make washing machines, amongst other things — so you can see the connection).

Younger people are most likely to cut down on water, the poll found. 69 per cent of 15- to 24-year-olds said they would reduce the amount of water used for personal hygiene.

Amongst the over-55s, that figure declined to 49 per cent.

There wasn’t much difference between the genders in the findings, with 60 per cent of men and 59 per cent of women saying they planned to cut down on water for personal washing.

Irish households will be charged for water from October of this year, with the first bills to go out in January 2015.

1000 people aged over 16 were interviewed for the poll, according to a press release issued on behalf of Hotpoint.

Related: Irish Water will be asking for your PPS number and they’ll be doing so ‘within weeks’>

Read: Taoiseach insists water for children will be free>

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