Sales of bottled water in the Republic of Ireland have leapt by 9% in 12 months to 107m litres, compared to a year before.

A study carried out by the water producer Ballygowan showed that still water accounted for nearly 85% of those sales. Meanwhile some 19% came from dispenser sales and the fastest growing category were sales on garage forecourts, which were up 30% on a year before.

Ballygowan marketing manager Mary Flynn said: "The bottled water market has been experiencing tremendous growth and last year we reported a five-year increase of 120% for the category."