The best on-line resource to search for water saving plumbing advice is on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense website (http://www.epa.gov/watersense/), a partnership program that makes it easy to save water and protect the environment. On the site you can find product recommendations for eco-friendly plumbing fixtures and systems, such as: faucets, toilets, landscape irrigation, valves, showerheads and weather or sensor based irrigation control technologies. There are also water saving tips and a calculator to help determine how much water you’ll save with each eco-friendly plumbing product.
Some “Green” Plumbing tips to consider along with their subsequent savings are:
• Fixing a leaky faucet can save 20 gallons a day.
• Installation of a water filtration system will annually save up to 3200 plastic water bottles.
• Replacing old toilets with a Water Sense® labeled toilet will cut down on water usage by 25 %.
• Install a tankless water heater and become eligible for a $300 tax credit.
On a commercial level, building owners and developers are now looking to a company, Aquatherm, a manufacturer of polypropylene piping systems. These systems create less waste in production and installation. It is recognized by GreenPeace International as the only “Future-friendly Plumbing Product” available today. The material is chemically inert and will not influence water quality, except that it contains no contaminates and lasts twice as long as plastic piping.