The future of plumbing looks green

In actuality, we could say the future of plumbing looks green in two different ways:

First, like any other industries, the latest trend is to install water-saving fixtures.

Secondly, the trend is environmentally conscious and will bring opportunities to manufacturers, sales representatives, distributors and plumbers to generate extra revenue.

Politics aside, we have to agree that this movement is here to stay.

Protecting our natural resources has become a paramount objective to many countries.

Water is an essential requirement to sustain human life. After all, our bodies are made up mostly of water.

The average family of four uses 150,000 gallons of water every year; the toilet alone uses 30,000 gallons. Using a high-efficiency toilet (HET) can save up to 4,000 gallons per year.

If your home was built before 1992, chances are your showerheads put out about 5 gallons of water per minute (GPM). If your home was built after 1992 or if you remodeled your home after 1992, then you most likely have a showerhead that puts out 2.5 GPM, providing that the flow restrictor has not been removed.

Multiply this by the number of minutes you’re in the shower, and the water adds up fast!

To calculate, 5 GPM x 10 minutes = 50 gallons. Multiply that by 4 residents per house and it results to 200 gallons per day. Multiply that by 365 days, and that will result to 73,000 gallons per year.

At 2.5 GPM, that same family of four will only be using 36,500 gallons per year without altering their comfort or lifestyle.

As far as the second green prognosis of the plumbing industry, it will come as a result of a proactive group of individuals who will seize this opportunity and manufacture and market low flow toilets, showerheads, flush valves etc.

There is already a for-profit organization whose main purpose is to train and certify plumbers in the new green plumbing technologies.

GreenPlumbers(R) has developed a five-course accreditation program that totals 32 hours of training.

The courses are Climate Care, Caring for our Water, Solar Hot Water, Water-Efficient Technology, and Inspection Report Service.

The bottom line is that this greening effect is a win-win situation. Not only are we working together to reverse the environmental changes and save the planet for our future generations, but it will also open opportunities for those willing to be flexible and adapt to the circumstances.