Protecting Our Environment

(NAPS)—Wasted water is more than just a drop in the bucket. A typical U.S. household wastes more than 8,000 to 14,000 gallons per year just waiting for hot water in the sink, shower or tub. In addition, rural areas are adding municipal water and sewage systems as new developments are built, putting unprecedented demands on water tables even in states where water supply has not traditionally been a problem.

Overall, this places an unnecessary burden on municipal wastewater treatment systems, forcing the entire national system to process more water and discharge more waste. Fortunately, a new kind of hot water pump can help prevent this waste by making sure the water is hot as soon as the tap is turned on. The hot water recirculation (HWR) pump constantly recirculates water through the water heater so that water will be hot upon turning on the tap.

In addition, an HWR pump can:

  • Improve the operating efficiency and effectiveness of household appliances, including washing machines and dishwashers;
  • Save energy. Users can set a 24-hour programmable timer to produce hot water during peak demand times, such as early morning and in the evening; and
  • Save money. A low-watt, two-pole motor combined with low-flow performance ensures minimum water heater operating costs, pipe and water heater wear and low energy consumption. HWR pumps from Grundfos can be installed by a certified contractor in just two hours. Depending on the size of the home, hot water recirculation systems generally cost less than $1,000, including parts and installation. HWR systems, originally developed for use in Europe, are now available to many housing developers in the U.S. They may be a smart choice for those concerned about both personal comfort and preserving our nation’s water resources. A new kind of hot water pump can help many Americans preserve our nation’s resources.
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