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The Importance of Water Efficiency

Does This Really Impact You Today?



Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric, Inc. has a challenge for you as a commercial or institutional building facilities manager. Please consider Water as an absolutely necessary natural resource for the success of your facility. Why, because as humans, we need water wherever we go. Doctors tell us we can only go for 3 days without water or face severe physical impairment and possible death. Since water is vital to the survival of everything on our planet Earth, one tends to take advantage of it being there when we turn on the tap at the house, use a commercial bathroom or public restroom, drink from the school building water fountain, or something as simple as stopping in to go purchase bottled water from the nearest corner store. Truth be told, clean potable water is limited in supply.

Are You Saving As Much Water As You Can In The Operations Of Your Commercial Facility?

The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact, according to the EPA, less than 1 percent is available for human use. While the population and the demand on freshwater resources are increasing, supply remains constant. In fact, a government report called the EPA Disclaimer found that water managers in 36 states expected to face water shortages by 2013. That is this year. The effectiveness of managing water is a growing concern in the United States. Communities across the country are starting to face challenges regarding water supply and water infrastructure. To take this a step further, let’s examine Action Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning & Electric challenge to you in this manner:

Consider Commercial Plumbing Products That Can Save Water

Leading manufacturers like Kohler have full commercial plumbing water saving products and institutional plumbing water saving products available when you need to consider replacement, remodel of existing structure, or planning for the next upgrade for your commercial restaurant or handicap commercial bathroom. The latest and greatest water saving commercial plumbing products lend credibility to the considerations posed in our introduction to this article. Take a look at this product list below for future considerations on replacement products that can indeed save you money and water at the same time:

Commercial Bathroom Water-saving Ideas

  • Commercial Toilets
  • Faucets
  • Sinks
  • Flushometers
  • Toilets & Seats
  • Urinals
  • Commercial Showering
  • Institutional Products
  • Drinking Fountains

Did You Know…

  1. Many toilets made before the 1990s use up to seven gallons of water per flush. Thankfully, today’s technology uses far less water while giving us the same reliable performance. High-Efficiency Toilets for commercial environments withstand high-volume usage while offering water-saving 1.28 gallon flushometer and bowl solutions. This means great savings across the board to any facility that has commercial and institutional settings.
  2. Touchless and traditional water-conserving flushometers in public restrooms combine with bowls that optimize water-efficient flushing to create stylish, durable High-Efficiency Toilets. Delivering more than 20% water savings over 1.6-gallon toilets, they dramatically reduce water usage in commercial settings. Flushometers with WAVE or Tripoint™ Touchless technologies offer additional water savings by eliminating false activation.
  3. Commercial Faucets & Filtered-Water Solutions – Faucets commercial faucets with Touchless technologies feature vandal-resistant 0.5 gpm aerators for exceptional water savings and reliable performance.
  4. Faucets with Insight technology adjust to their surroundings for optimal operation, while those with Kohler Tripoint technology are ideal for challenging environments. And with leading manufacturers, water-saving faucets, you can be confident you’re choosing the right technology, look and price point for your commercial projects. Using a commercial-grade faucet will ensure durable performance and continual water savings, utilizing accurate, like Kohler touchless Tripoint™ sensor technology) means never having to lift a finger to conserve water.
  5. Commercial Flushometers – Flushometers Using 0.5- to 1.0-gallon for urinals and 1.28-gallons for toilets, like KOHLER water-saving flushometers with Touchless™ technologies meet the specific needs of a variety of commercial environments.
  6. Choose between flushometers with WAVE technology, which puts control back in the hands of the user, and flushometers with precise Tripoint™ technology for your most challenging environments. Both technologies save water by activating only when needed and delivering outstanding performance with minimal water use.
  7. Flushometers can also help to regulate how much water is being flushed in both urinals and toilets, giving you the benefits of conserving water without having to completely overhaul your office bathrooms.
  8. Commercial Urinals – Urinals In commercial environments where high traffic can result in high water usage and significant wear and tear, commercial waterless and water-saving urinals deliver excellent solutions.A waterless urinal can save up to 40,000 gallons of water every year and significantly reduce sewage and maintenance costs. For instance Kohler does offer a selection of .5 gpf urinals for increased efficiency where some water is desired. Delivering outstanding water conservation, KOHLER waterless urinals feature optimized designs that virtually eliminate splashing while blocking trapway odors.
  9. From low-water-use urinals using only around half a gallon per flush to waterless urinals, the savings on each urinal can be dramatic. This includes conservation of up to 40,000 gallons of water each year – for one urinal.

Buying Products That Truly Save Water

The WaterSense™ label is great place to start when you’re looking for water-saving products that perform. The Environmental Protection Agency’s partnership program, WaterSense promotes water-efficient products, programs and practices throughout the US. So you can be sure that products bearing the WaterSense label offer significant water savings and meet strict performance standards. Leaders in this technology thrive in the USA.

Look for WaterSense - Meets EPA Criteria

Many leaders like Delta, Kohler, Moen, Price Pfister, and Bosch have been recognized for their commitment to advancing the WaterSense mission. Kohler for instance has received four consecutive EPA WaterSense awards. This includes the 2009 and 2008 WaterSense Manufacturing Partner of the Year, the inaugural WaterSense Excellence Award for strategic collaboration in 2010, and, most recently, the 2011 WaterSense Excellence Award for strategic collaboration. Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric, Inc. would like to invite you to discuss some beyond your home.

Commercial & Institutional Plumbing

Commercial and institutional users of water include a wide range of businesses and organizations in every city. Facilities such as schools, hotels, retail stores, office buildings, and hospitals account for up to 17% of publicly-supplied water use and 18% of energy use in the United States. This isn’t an alarming statistic, but when paired with our water consumption as individuals and families in our homes; can reach alarming consumption proportions. Reducing water use by adopting and promoting water-efficient products, services, and practices in these commercial and institutional facilities can have a great impact in helping to meet challenges faced by communities to meet water demands, save energy, and reduce stress on our natural resources. Start saving water and energy now by taking action:

  • Learn more about water use in different types of commercial buildings like hotels, hospitals, office buildings, schools, and restaurants.
  • Consider installing WaterSense labeled products in your building.
  • Find strategies to better manage your facility’s water use through planning, metering, and leak detection.
  • Explore best management practices to improve your building’s performance.
  • Discover other resources to assist commercial buildings and federal facilities reduce their water use and review case studies of successful water efficiency efforts.
  • Learn what ENERGY STAR has available to help buildings track water and energy use and get recognized for energy and water savings.

Follow WaterSense as it builds its program to support commercial and institutional facilities. To find out more about information in your city, please click here to find out more now.

A chart showing Madison's water use


Stand with us here at Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric, Inc. won’t you. Using modern technology, it’s possible to start conserving up to 80% of the water typically used in older versions of ordinary plumbing fixtures. If you are interested in finding out more about the current goals for the Madison Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan shown above , please go here: http://www.cityofmadison.com/water/documents/ConservationPlan_71708.pdf

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