Plumbing Upgrades Help San Diego Succeed in Water Conservation
Congratulations San Diego!
Our Water Authority just announced in February 2015 that San Diego businesses and residents successfully cut water use by nearly 30% from the same time in 21014. This water conservation occurred despite the fact that last year was the hottest year in San Diego (records date back to 1895). Considering 2012 to 2014 have been the driest three-year stretch on record for California, the fact that residents could conserve at this level is pretty amazing.
A San Diego plumber for over 35 years, Perry Plumbing committed to water conservation decades ago. We have been adjusting the water pressure, toilets and faucets so that homeowners and businesses get the same experience taking showers, washing hands and getting clothes and dishes clean without depleting this vital natural resource. If you would like to step up your water conservation efforts, the following plumbing upgrades for water conservation will help.
Install Faucet Aerators: This inexpensive fix can cut the water use in your bathroom and kitchen sinks by 50%. Even though the aerators work by adding air to the stream of water, “wetting effectiveness” (as it is called in the trade) is not compromised and users report the experience is the same. We can help you decide whether you simply need aerators added into your existing faucets or whether installing all new faucets with state-of-the-art aerators would be more cost effective.
Low-flow showerheads. Accounting for 20% of household water use, a family of four can use between 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of water yearly with standard showerheads. The low flow showerhead cuts that to 20,000 gallons of water per year. The good news is that improved technology and design keep flow rates and force consistent with higher volume, standard models.
Water pressure reducing valves. Homes servedby the San Diego municipal water system can lower their flow rate and water usage by installing water pressure reducing valves. Experts have found that reducing water pressure from 100 pounds per square inch to 50 pounds per square inch results in a water usage reduction of about one third. An added benefit is that lower water pressure causes fewer pipe leaks, a prime water waster.
Low-flush toilets. Every day, Americans flush more than 4.8 billion gallons of water down the toilet. Each of us uses about 9,000 gallons of water each year in the bathroom. Because of government incentives, San Diego has been good about replacing their old toilets with low flush models. Builders, too, have been conscientious about installing 1.2 to 1.6 gallons per flush units rather than the old 3.5 gpf into new construction as well. Believe it or not, toilets installed in the 1980s using up to 7 gpf are still out there!
Perry Plumbing: San Diego’s Trusted Water-Efficiency Experts
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense program has been working since 2006 to help Americans find new ways to use less water. Using cash incentives, they have encouraged manufacturers to create products that are 20% more water efficient without compromising performance. We stay up-to-date with which of these manufacturers create top-of-the-line products at affordable prices. We are happy to save you the research time and effort so you can get the right plumbing upgrades the first time. Be sure to check out our discounts page to get your best deal! Aggressive water conservation is San Diego’s new normal. We make it doable for you.
Call us at 619-472-2112 or schedule an appointment here to explore the water-efficient upgrades that will help you save money.