Save Water With Mr. Rooter’s Favorite Tips
In 1990, 30 states in the US reported ‘water-stress’ conditions. In 2000, the number of states reporting water-stress rose to 40. In 2009, the number rose to 45. There is a worsening trend in water supply nationwide. Taking measures at home to conserve water not only saves you money, it also is of benefit to the greater community. Get our Free Printable Water Saving Guide Here
“Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay,” says Bob Beall, Mr. Rooter, the plumbing expert in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. ” Although there are water-saving appliances and water conservation systems such as rain barrels, drip irrigation and on-demand water heaters which are more expensive, the bulk of water saving methods can be achieved at little cost,” saysMr. Rooter.
For example, according to recent research, 75% of water used indoors is in the bathroom, and 25% of this is for the toilet. The average toilet uses 4 gallons per flush (gpf). You can invest in a ‘ULF’ (ultra-low flush) toilet which will use only 2 gpf. But you can also install a simple tank bank, costing about $2, which will save .8 gpf. This saves 40% of what you would save with the ultra-low-flush toilet. Using simple methods like tank banks, low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators you can re-profit your home for under $50.
“By using water-saving features you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%. This means the average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,000 gallons of water per year. On a daily basis, the average household, using 350 gallons per day, could save 125 gallons of water per day. The average individual, currently using 70 gallons per day, could save 25 gallons of water per day,” according to Beall.
Beall, President of Mr. Rooter Pittsburgh & Westmoreland in Pennsylvania and Youngstown, Ohio adds, “when buying low-flow aerators, be sure to read the label for the actual ‘gpm’ (gallons per minute) rating. Often, the big box retailers promote “low-flow” which are rated at 2.5 gpm, which is at the top of the low-flow spectrum. This may be needed for the kitchen sink, but we find that a 1.5 gpm aerator works fine for the bathroom sink and most water outlets, delivering the same spray force in a comfortable, soft stream.” Just call 1-877-ROOTER-2 and one of our friendly customer service representatives will guide you in your search for these items.
“Finally,” according to Mr. Rooter, it should be noted that installing low-flow aerators, shower-heads, tank banks and other water-saving devices usually is a very simple operation which can be done by the homeowner and does not even require the use of tools. “Water conservation at home is one of the easiest measures to put in place, and saving water should become part of everyday family practice.”
Debra Santavicca, PR, SMM, WebIT
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