Over the last five years or so, our natural water supply levels have been receding to their lowest levels since the late 1970s; the State of California’s legislative branch is issuing mandatory cutbacks and urging all of its residents to conserve this precious commodity in any way possible. Here at Zierman Plumbing, we fully understand the importance of finding ways to conserve water, and we’ve come up with a short list of things you can do to help, especially as the warmer months approach and the demand for water consumption increases. Not only will these recommendations help to ease the burden in our drought-stricken state, they’ll also help to reduce your water costs.
Water Faucet Aerators
Standard water faucets can use up to five gallons of water per minute, which can be cut in half by installing faucet aerators to the spigots in your kitchen and bathroom sinks. The aeration process breaks the steady stream of water down into finer droplets without losing too much water pressure, and they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to install. If you need assistance, give us a call and we’ll be happy to do it for you.
Much like standardized water faucets, regular showerheads are capable of distributing about five gallons per minute. Water-saving or low-flow showerheads operate on the same principle as water faucet aerators and are able to provide sufficient amounts of water pressure. Also easy to install, these showerheads will only set you back by about $10.00 or less. On average, a family of four can reduce water usage by roughly 20,000 gallons annually with low-flow water saving showerheads.
Reducing Overall Water Pressure
Two notable methods exist for reducing the amount of water pressure flowing through the pipes in your home. Pressure reduction valves can be used in both water well systems and homes that receive municipal water services. Sizing and installation specs can vary, meaning that one size doesn’t necessarily fit all water distribution systems. Our experts at Zierman Plumbing will be able to provide more information on how it all works.
Most homes in the area have main water valves that control the amount of water pressure flowing through your home. By adjusting the main valve to 75 percent capacity, you’ll notice a slight decrease in water pressure, yet you’ll also be able to see a reduction in overall usage displayed on the ensuing pages of your utility bill. The simple math in this equation should indicate a 25 percent decrease in water usage.
Leaky Pipes and Faucets
Plain and simple; leaky pipes and faucets across the Five Cities area can add up to thousands of gallons of water on a daily basis. Whether you’re in need of new washers, pipe repairs or both, this is the type of maintenance upkeep that can make a significant collective difference.
For those who want to make an even bigger difference, our staff at Zierman Plumbing can make a number of other suggestions to help you conserve water though smart landscaping, gray water usage, low-flush toilets, and much more. Until Mother Nature decides to rain down on us consistently, adhering to one or more of these water-saving tips will help all of us in the long run.