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Part 3: Modern Plumbing Fixtures Designed to Curtail Water Use
By Thomas A. Westerkamp
April 2014 -
Plumbing & Restrooms
Recent generations of plumbing fixtures and components feature technology designed to reduce water use, extend performance life, and minimize system maintenance. Managers looking to specify products that address water-use issues have several strategies to consider to stay abreast of important technology advances related to plumbing products that meet their organizations' need to minimize water use, and improve life-cycle costs:
Additional water-saving fixture innovations include auto-flush valves, designed to replace time-actuated valves and dual-flush valves, that operate in one direction for flushing liquids and the opposite direction for flushing solids. Also, new sensor-operated sink fixtures can be wired, battery-operated, or photovoltaic cell-operated. Integrated into the lavatory top, photovoltaic cells gather energy from restroom lighting. They provide no-touch operation activated by motion sensors, require no battery or maintenance, and reduce water use.
Thomas A. Westerkamp is a maintenance and engineering management consultant and president of the work management division of Westerkamp Group LLC.
Part 1: Successful Plumbing Retrofits Rely on Understanding Technology Options
Part 2: Low-Flow Fittings Proven Way to Conserve Water