More Water Restrictions – Another Case Against Water Powered Sump Pumps

With Summer officially here, watering restrictions are becoming more commonplace. “Local villages have instituted watering restrictions due to the high temperatures and dry conditions expected this weekend and into next week.” was the opening sentence in the Lincolnshire review, covering Lincolnshire Illinois and surrounding communities.

We take water for granted, as it’s always right there at the nearest faucet, but stories like this make us think. Add in that the National Resources Defense Council says over 1/3rd of the counties in the United States will be suffering from water shortages by 2050, this type of reporting will be the norm on a widespread basis and at all times of the year.

Taking shorter showers, turning the water off when you brush your teeth and making sure the dishwasher is full before running it are some of the easy steps we all can take to reduce water consumption. And when it comes time to upgrade plumbing fixtures in the home look for products with the WaterSense label and make sure you don’t install a water powered sump pump, use a qualified battery backup sump pump instead.




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.

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