The US population is now two and a half times what it was in 1930 when bath water was shared by the entire family and bathing was done mainly for social occasions. Over the decades, our use of water for bathing and other indoor purposes has skyrocketed. As a result, Americans have the highest water footprint of any country in the world. Water planners and utilities have done a great job supplying the water that most of us take for granted, but they can only do so much with such a limited resource. The southwestern United States is in the midst of a 22 year megadrought that has produced the region’s driest period in 1200 years, the worst year of which was in 2021. As a result, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the source of water for millions of people across several western states, reached record lows and the federal government was forced to declare a water shortage at Lake Mead for the first time in history. Water from the Colorado River is now being restricted and affected states are beginning to fight over usage. In short, drought, water shortages, and rationing are becoming more common and while many Americans do not believe in global warming, none of us can deny the climate is changing.
“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”
-Benjamin Franklin 1746
Enter the Green Plumber.
The goal—to increase water and energy efficiency through product selection and perhaps, through education and commitment, to change the behavior of customers. More efficient products and changes in behavior can each make an impact by reducing water use and greenhouse gas releases. If these solutions are used together, the positive effects on our environment would be multiplied. And because of the relationship between water and energy, reduction in our use of water would also reduce our use of energy.
Although we know every customer isn’t interested in green plumbing, we’re very passionate about these principles, we’re hopeful about the future, and we would love to answer any questions you have about how your plumbing system can go green!