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Sustainable Plumbing: Groundwater, Rainwater, Drinking Water & Beyond

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In order to invest in sustainability, communities, households, and individuals must have reliable plumbing systems that save water and energy.

Sustainable Plumbing Awareness

Efficient plumbing layouts, hot water circulation, wastewater collection, and other sewage related strategies can have a sizeable impact on sustainability goals. For this reason, we want to recognize and share some of the many upcoming recognition days meant to call attention to the important work we do as plumbers, as well as the importance of preserving natural water resources worldwide.

World Plumbing Day Blue Circle logo: March 11 World Plumbing Day - Vital to Global Health

  • WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 2018
  • WHAT: An international event “promoting the link between good plumbing sanitation and human/environmental health.”

Organized by the World Plumbing Council, World Plumbing Day is held on March 11 every year to recognize how important plumbing is in society, including how crucial our plumbing is to public health. Learn more at WorldPlumbing.org and daysoftheyear.com, and join the conversation with #WorldPlumbingDay.

Groundwater Awareness Week

  • WHEN: March 11-17, 2018
  • WHAT: An annual event that “encourages yearly water testing and well maintenance to prevent waterborne illnesses”. In some areas, like the East Bay, there are ongoing efforts extended to include the testing of sewer lines as a contributing factor to ground water’s exposure to wastewater via leaky lines.

Established in 1999 by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), this annual observance highlights the fact that only 1% of the water on Earth is useable, and 99% of that water is ground water. So this is an occasion for both raising awareness and celebrating responsible water development and management.

The theme of this year’s Groundwater Awareness Week is Test. Trend. Treat. This simple mantra encourages each of the 132 million Americans who rely on groundwater for drinking water to remember to test your water, tend to your well system, then treat the water if necessary.

Learn more at GroundWaterAwarenessWeek.com or join the conversation with #GWAW2018.

World Water Day UN Water presents World Water Day on 22 March

  • WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • WHAT: A day “focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.”

Held annually, this international event was first designated by the UN in 1993. This is another chance to learn more about issues related to water, raise awareness of the many threats to freshwater around the globe, and take action to make a difference. Learn more about World Water Day at un.org.

National Hug a Plumber Day

  • WHEN: April 25, 2018
  • WHAT: A day to show appreciation for the plumbers in your life.

There isn’t a lot to find online about this event, save basic information on nationaldaycalendar.com, but rest assured that our staff will be receiving their fair share of appreciation on April 25. Help us show appreciation to our great plumbing professionals with #HugAPlumberDay.

Earth Day Logo: Earth Day April 22

  • WHEN: April 22, 2018
  • WHAT: A day meant to honor the Earth and demonstrate support for environmental protections.

Celebrated worldwide every year on April 22, Earth Day was first proposed in 1969 right here in the Bay Area by peace activist John McConnell. The first Earth Day was held in 1970, and according to the EPA, 22 million Americans took the opportunity to “celebrate clean air, land, and water.” Learn more about Earth Day on Wikipedia and join the conversation on April 22 with #EarthDay, or any day of the year with #EarthDayEveryDay.

Pipe Spy’s Environmental Commitment

We know our customers want to partner with a sewage company they can trust not to cut corners or put our environment at risk. It’s a sewage company’s social and environmental responsibility to maintain sustainable, eco-friendly plumbing practices.

Green Business Certification

CA Green Business Network logoPipe Spy is a certified Green Business by the California Green Business Program, which verifies that we make practical efforts to help improve the community and the environment.

According to the California Green Business Program, certified businesses have saved:

  • 835,334 metric tons of CO2, or the equivalent of planting 44,161 acres of urban trees for 10 years
  • 333,586,553 kWh, or the equivalent of powering 30,616 houses for an entire year
  • 432,917 metric tons of waste, or the equivalent of 54,591 garbage trucks
  • 149,943,108 gallons of water, or the equivalent of 428 bathtubs of fresh drinking water every hour
  • 31,566 gallons of hazardous waste, or the equivalent of 574 fifty-five gallon drums
  • 13,444 gallons of fuel, or the equivalent of 23 cars

We take immense gratification from doing work that is responsible and efficient. It’s best for us, it’s best for the environment, and it’s best for our community. 

Read more about our Eco-Friendly Plumbing Practices »

 

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