Recent local and national headlines have highlighted the growing concern for low Lake Mead water levels and the ever-increasing need for water conservation in the Las Vegas valley, so here are some water conservation tips from Las Vegas Plumbing, Inc.!
Water conservation means using our limited fresh water supply wisely and caring for it properly. Since each of us depends on water to survive, it is inherently our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our water sources pure and safe for future generations. Climate change discourse and bickering among the western states for limited fresh water supplies from the Colorado River may make water conservation seem even more overwhelming. But did you realize that small adjustments in your home can make big differences toward conserving water and energy?
Easy and effective ways to save water with home plumbing fixtures specifically designed to greatly reduce water usage:
One of the largest sources of water waste is flushing toilets. It is estimated that old toilets use up to 5 gallons of water per flush. By installing a Water Saving Toilet Flush System, you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water each year!
With a standard 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute) showerhead, you’ll wash down nearly 600 gallons of water in one month from shower use alone (according to a national study by the Water Research Foundation in 2016, the average shower used roughly 20 gallons of water and lasted for around eight minutes). With a Low-Flow Showerhead (1.8 GPM), you can save an estimated 180 gallons of water monthly!
High water pressure is actually a major cause of leaks, pipe damage, and wasted water. Investing in a Pressure-Reducing Valve, to control the flow and pressure of water entering your home, would automatically conserve water when used in high-pressure areas, reduce the energy required to heat water for showers, dishwashers, and washing machines, and limits the overall water waste by lowering flow rates. Another benefit? Stable water pressure prevents that “screaming” noise in your pipes caused by high water flow speed!
By switching to newer plumbing models that strategically use a lower volume of water, you not only significantly reduce wasted water consumption but also save costs on your water bill, which is a win-win for both you and the environment!
Contact Las Vegas Plumbing today to set up a consultation with one of our trained technicians – we will be happy to tour your home and recommend ways to reduce your environmental footprint while simultaneously saving you money!