Sustainability is something that is very important to us. We are all so fortunate to have a clean supply of water, it truly is a precious resource - however that supply is severely limited so we all must do our part to reduce water usage. Click here to calculate your usage!
In addition to reducing our water usage, we also must work together to keep our oceans and waterways clean. There are many small, simple things we can all do to help, bringing awareness to these issues is the first step.
Did You Know?
- At any given time, half of the world's hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
- - In four days, the United States uses more water than the world uses oil in a year.
- There are 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth, only 2% of which is freshwater. Of that 2%, about 1.6% is locked up in glaciers and ice caps.
- Nearly one third of the Chesapeake Bay is incapable of supporting life
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- The average home wastes about 9,000 gallons a year waiting for hot water.
- Typically a family of four can use up to 400 gallons of water every day.
What Can We Do?
- Consider getting a rainwater catchment barrel this spring instead of using potable water for your plants. (Check with your local government. At various points, both the Town of Berlin and the Town of Ocean City offered these barrels for sale.)
- Upgrade old toilets and fixtures to newer efficient ones. Newer fixtures and toilets use considerably less water than older models.
- If you can't afford to upgrade your toilet - consider filling up a water bottle and placing it in your tank - this can displace some water so you ultimately end up using less for each flush.
- Try to only run your dishwasher or washing machine when it's full - this can save on energy as well as water usage.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. This alone can save up to 1,800 gallons of water per person each year.
- Check your pipes and faucets for leaks - even the smallest leak can add up and potentially waste hundreds of gallons each month.
Practicing What We Preach
- Recycling: We do our best to recycle everything that we possibly can on jobsites – including most metals (copper, brass, water heaters, etc.) to reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills.
- Education: We educate ourselves to try to stay on top of the newest energy efficient trends and news regarding the plumbing industry – from low flow fixtures to composting toilets to the latest water heating technology. It’s also important to us that we educate our customers on what role they can play in reducing their water usage and avoiding plumbing leaks that can be costly on both their wallets and the environment.
- Materials: In addition to providing fixtures that use less water (which is the direction in which many manufacturers are moving), we only install RePVC piping for drainage, waste and venting. As opposed to the standard PVC piping, RePVC (manufactured by Charlotte Pipe) is made from a minimum of 30% recycled content and is also itself a recyclable material. A lot of the materials used in construction aren't very 'green' so we are really excited to support this product and make it available locally. We're also hoping to promote change within our industry by allowing other contractors such as ourselves the option to buy it and install it too.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, we want to eliminate ALL of the old water-guzzling toilets so we will be giving away 4 free low flow toilets every year. Old toilets can use upwards of 3.5 gallons per flush, newer models use 1.28 gallons per flush. Upgrading your toilet can save over 4000 gallons of water in a year – that’s enough clean drinking water to last the average person 20 years. Considering the droughts we are facing both in our country and worldwide, we need to start taking action now. As an added benefit, the EPA estimates that switching to low flow toilets can save the average family of four over $90/year in water utility costs. The only thing we require of you (if you should win), is that you sign the water saving pledge below.