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Water Conservation

Low flow toilets are installed the same way as older toilets so there is no additional installation cost. Depending on the models low flow toilets can start at as little as $100, and are no more costly than older models. Some water providers, cities, and utility companies offer financial incentives for replacing old Read More »
An easy and obvious way to reduce water waste is to shut the faucet off while you are washing dishes or brushing your teeth. This is easier said then done when your hands are full. Some new technologies and some old mechanical devices can help solve this problem. Sensors Faucets with sensors have been adopted in Read More »
Everyone enjoys a nice long hot shower. It does come with some cost for the water and don’t forget the associated cost to heat the water. The ideal situation is to apply the water only toward the person and avoid as much as waste as possible. Current federal standards require that shower heads deliver no more than 2.5 Read More »
Everyone knows the frustration in waiting for the hot water to come out of the faucet in the morning. Because a single hot water tank is often placed in one end of the house such as the garage and the bathrooms are situated at the opposite end, it is not unusual to have to wait one minute before hot water arrives while the cold Read More »

Water: A Precious Resource

Water is fast becoming a scarce resource. In addition, water delivered by public water utilities requires much energy – moving water from reservoirs to destinations which often means multiple stages of pumping, treatment before usage and treatment after usage. In California, water service accounts for over 20% of the State’s electric usage. Hence conserving the use of water will greatly reduce energy usage as well.

The pie chart shows the national average breakdown of indoor water usage in a home. Landscape irrigation varies fairly widely from region to region. It can account for 15% to 60% of total residential water usage. In California, it is roughly 40%. Here are some areas to conserve water

  • Fix all water leaks. One of the most common one is leakage from toilets. Changing worn out flaps is easy and effective
  • Install low-flow faucets and shower heads – 1.5 gallons per minute or less
  • Install low-flow toilets – 1.28 gallons per flush or less
  • Install water efficient laundry machines
  • Install on-demand hotwater recirculator
  • Use drought tolerant plants in landscape; install smart irrigation and drip irrigation systems; use efficient sprinkler heads

The Environmental Protection Agency has established a program called WaterSense to recommend water conservation criteria and to certify products that meet the recommendations. Make sure products you purchase carry such a label. Better yet, choose products that perform beyond EPA recommendations. Some States have adopted the all or parts of the WaterSense criteria into plumbing codes.

Some other measures to harness other sources of water

  • Capture greywater for landscape use.
  • Install rainwater harvesting system. Rainwater can be used outdoors or filtered with a simple system for certain domestic use such as laundry.

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