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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Just read this article and wanted to pass it along. In a recent Yahoo! Real Estate survey of current and aspiring homeowners, the so-called American dream home “Isn’t a supersized McMansion – it is a ‘green,’ energy-efficient home built with ‘sustainable’ materials that yield a lower carbon footprint. Or, more often, it is a home remodeled with energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly home products.”

The survey found, at at the top of the list, 50% of people consider green/energy efficient appliances/materials as a requirement of their dream home – it is more popular than perennial favorites such as “building a custom home” (38%); “water views” (38%) and “mountain views” (32%);

The article goes on to say many eco-conscious homeowners , rather than build or buy new homes, “seek to lower their carbon footprint by purchasing more energy efficient appliances or making other home modifications that may include the addition of solar panels to offset other energy costs.”

As you can see being more aware of the environment is becoming more and more important to a broader range of people. That’s why we believe so strongly in raising the issue about water powered sump pumps. A product that uses FRESH DRINKING WATER in a wasteful manner is not green. Water powered sump pumps are irresponsible when there are viable alternatives. We’ve said this before, when shopping for a device to keep your basement dry, most manufacturers of water powered or water driven sump pumps also make battery backup sumps as well, which are more powerful , easier to install AND promote water conservation.  Help yourself and the environment and stay away from water powered sump pumps.

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