Hi Efficiency Plumbling for the California Drought
California’s drought is big news. All over the state, people are conserving, the Governor has created a task force and ordered water restrictions. State agencies are forming committees and working on infrastructure. All of this effort is paying off, generating solutions to the problem: recycling waste water, desalinization, drip irrigation, xeriscaping, and water conservation. How does all of this affect California’s “Oasis in the desert”? Palm Springs is known for its opulence and elegance. As the Desert Water Agency reports, they are the largest consumer of water in the state, using an average of 200 gallons per person. Much of this water is going for maintaining lush green lawns and beautiful water features. How can residents keep the lushness of the city while dealing with the drought?
One plan for reducing water consumption is xeriscaping, or replacing grass with drought tolerant landscaping. Turf buyback programs are in place to help make the transition easier, paying as much as $2.00 per square foot for residential consumers. There are also many ways to cut back, or conserve water usage inside the home. Turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth or taking shorter showers. You can also collect rainwater to water your plants, and sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead of rinsing it with a hose. All of these are good ways to conserve water, but they take thought and effort.
There are ways to conserve water automatically by changing a few things in your home. Things like hi- efficiency plumbing, energy star rated appliances, and tankless water heaters. Toilets and shower heads account for about 50% of a home’s indoor water usage. Switching to hi-efficiency plumbing fixtures can conserve a significant amount of water.
Some examples of hi-efficiency plumbing include:
A high efficiency toilet (HET) can reduce water usage from 3.5 to 1.3 gallons per flush.
A water saving faucet can reduce water usage from 2.2 gallons per minute to 1.5 gallons per minute.
A high performance shower head can reduce water usage from 2.5 gallons per minute to 1.75 gallons per minute. Energy Star rated appliances also save a bundle and modern dishwashers are actually more efficient than hand washing. Tankless water heaters are also an option, using much less water. You only heat what you need, not 40-60 gallons. All of these products can be installed through green screened certified plumbers who are trained in installing water efficient products and reducing water use.