Water Conservation: Plumbers Play a Key Role
Key Points from the April 10, 2013
“Plumbing’s Role in Water Conservation” Webinar
For the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association
Presented by Rob Zimmerman, Manager—Engineering, Water Conservation, and Sustainability, Kohler Co.
Whether they are installing sustainable products, complying with green codes or simply educating consumers on the merits of water conservation, plumbing professionals play an important role in helping their communities save water. During an April 10 webinar presented by Kohler Co., attendees heard a wide-ranging overview of water conservation trends and resources, as well as some interesting statistics about water usage and “hot spots.”
- Water conservation is a growing issue
- Saving potable water saves energy, chemicals and money
- The need for innovations is increasing
- New water-efficient plumbing products need to be part of an overall water conservation strategy.
- Many of these products can be specified into green building projects
- Customers do not need to sacrifice style, quality, or performance to achieve water conservation
Interesting Facts About Water:
- There are 16 “hot spots” in the United States, where water demand outweighs supply. Are you in one of those areas?
- Although plumbing products only use 3.7 percent of all available water in the U.S., they use the most expensive water – potable or treated.
- Water for human consumption, irrigation, or industry is taken from two types of sources:
-Surface Water (79 percent): Lakes, rivers, reservoirs, oceans
-Ground Water (21 percent): Municipal and private wells
- The average residential indoor water use is 69.3 gallons per capita per day (gpcd). The top water consumers are: toilets, 26.7 percent; clothes washers, 21.7 percent; and showers, 16.8 percent.*
- The average residential outdoor water use is 25-200 gpcd, depending on the region.*
- The top end uses of water in various commercial buildings are: domestic restrooms, laundry facilities and landscaping.
- Physical and behavorial modifications to achieve water conservation do work!
*Source: Residential End Uses of Water, 1999, Water Research Foundation