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Great article in the February issue of  “Plumbing and Mechanical” concerning water conservation.  Highlights include:

  • Water conservation is moving from trend to mandate
  • Water conservation efforts will move from common plumbing products (faucets, toilets, shower heads etc…) to a new range of applications that need to be addressed
  • The plumbing professional has an important role in communicating the importance of water-saving applications

We love that line “Water conservation moves from trend to mandate.”  Water conservation is not a fad, its a real issue. Part of the challenge in educating the public with this message, is that water is easily taken for granted. Turn the faucet on and it’s there. However, a recent government survey showed at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013. 2013!

That’s why we believe water powered sump pumps should not be used as a backup sump pump. Using fresh drinking water to pump out sump pit water just doesn’t make sense in an age when water conservation is so important. If water conservation wasn’t so important, why the mass movement toward water efficient plumbing products? And as this article states, the plumbing industry will start to expand its reach to begin making water-efficient products other than common household products. That’s why you should think twice about installing a water wasting, water powered or water driven sump pump.

Choose a reliable battery backup unit instead, they’re more powerful than a water powered sump pump,  they’re reliable and they conserve water.

To read the entire article “Blue is the New Green” please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

What is a Water Powered Sump Pump

January 5th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

The product is called a “water-powered sump pump,” some also call it a “water pump” or “water driven pump” either, way this pump it’s installed primarily as a backup sump pump to a primary electric sump pump (that’s plugged into the wall). In a heavy rain – flood situation – ground water under a house rises and pours into a sump pit where the primary electric sump pump, pumps the rainwater out of the sump pit keeping the basement dry.

The problem occurs when the power goes out and the primary sump pump no longer works.  These wasteful pumps operate by taking the energy in municipal-supplied water at full pressure, run through a venturi device, positioned on the bottom of the sump pit in a basement. They connect directly to the fresh drinking water supply line of a house (plumber installed), or in some circumstances, homeowners connect the pump with a rubber garden hose to their kitchen or laundry room tub faucet (bad idea as many hoses have blown actually FLOODING the basement).

When the water powered sump pump is activated, clean fresh drinking water is released into the sump pit.  Some of the more efficient models pull up 1 gallon of waste water, for each gallon of fresh water used, other, less efficient models use anywhere from 3 to 6 gallons of fresh water for every gallon of sump water! Then, both the fresh water and the wastewater are dumped out onto the lawn or into the sewer system that already has an overflow of storm water in it, making the flooding worse.

Please think twice before purchasing one of these water pumps,, not only do they waste water they MUST be installed with backflow protection, if not these pumps are a health hazard to your home as contaminated water could potentially be sucked back into the fresh drinking water supply for the house.