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The Issue With Water Powered Sump Pumps

We get alot of questions as to “what’s the big deal with these pumps?” So here’s a 3 main points to consider when thinking about installing a water powered sump pump. 1.  Waste of fresh water.  Depending on efficiency, lift and city water pressure, most water-powered sump pumps draw up to 600 gallons of fresh drinking water … Read more

City of Bloomington, Illinois, concerned with the use of water-powered sump pumps

In a letter sent to all residents every year, the city of Bloomington, Illinois, voices its concerns with the use of water powered sump pumps stating: Water powered sump pumps can use large quantities of water in a very short time Water powered sump pumps can have a profound impact on the City Services bill … Read more

What is a Water Powered Sump Pump

The product is called a “water-powered sump pump,” some also call it a “water pump” or “water driven pump” either, way this pump it’s installed primarily as a backup sump pump to a primary electric sump pump (that’s plugged into the wall). In a heavy rain – flood situation – ground water under a house … Read more

Yahoo! Study: American Dream Homes Turn Green

Just read this article and wanted to pass it along. In a recent Yahoo! Real Estate survey of current and aspiring homeowners, the so-called American dream home “Isn’t a supersized McMansion – it is a ‘green,’ energy-efficient home built with ‘sustainable’ materials that yield a lower carbon footprint. Or, more often, it is a home … Read more

How Water Powered Sump Pumps are Potentially Dangerous

One of the main concerns about water-powered sump pumps, besides the un-necessary waste of fresh drinking water, is the potential health hazard they possess. Since all water-powered pumps must be connected directly to the fresh water supply of the house, they must have backflow protection. Should there be a loss of positive water pressure coming … Read more

Water conservation moving from “trend to mandate.”

Great article in the February issue of  “Plumbing and Mechanical” concerning water conservation.  Highlights include: Water conservation is moving from trend to mandate Water conservation efforts will move from common plumbing products (faucets, toilets, shower heads etc…) to a new range of applications that need to be addressed The plumbing professional has an important role … Read more

Are Water Powered Backup Sump Pumps Safe?

Water powered backup sump pumps bought in a box store often are made with cheap parts that wear out or break easily, and usually come with sub-standard backflow protection. For example, some of the water powered sump pumps are hooked up by using a garden hose. In this case the backflow device (necessary protection in … Read more

Ohio Plumbing Code – Water-Powered Sump Pumps

The two issue’s with water powered sump pumps are: 1.  The irresponsible waste of water 2.  The possible contamination issue that could present a health issue for families We’re happy to see towns such as Bloomington, Illinois call out water-powered sump pumps for water conservation, we’re also happy to see states such as Ohio, that … Read more

Why a Water Powered Sump Pump Needs to be Installed By a Plumbing Pro

A Water Powered Sump Pump may sound like a cool idea, however the premise of using municipal water to pump out your sump pit comes with serious drawbacks: 1.  The waste of fresh drinking water. How many times have you seen a commercial about a faucet, or toilet, or dishwater and the amount of water … Read more

How much water is on earth?

This is a great illustration from Gizmodo which really drives home the point of why water conservation is so important. Kind of scary actually. That’s why we advocate to get rid of water wasting products like water pumps or water powered sump pumps.

Water pumps suffer with low municipal water pressure

Whatever the name, water powered sump pump, water driven pump or just a water pump, this product is used to pump water out of a sump basin by using fresh drinking. The pressure coming from the municipal water supply is mixed with the sump basin water and this device acts like a vacuum to suck … Read more

How does a water powered sump pump work?

These pumps operate by taking the energy in municipal-supplied water at full pressure, run through a venturi device, positioned on the bottom of the sump pit in a basement. They connect directly to the fresh drinking water supply line of a house, or in some circumstances, homeowners connect the pump with a rubber garden hose … Read more

More Water Restrictions – Another Case Against Water Powered Sump Pumps

With Summer officially here, watering restrictions are becoming more commonplace. “Local villages have instituted watering restrictions due to the high temperatures and dry conditions expected this weekend and into next week.” was the opening sentence in the Lincolnshire review, covering Lincolnshire Illinois and surrounding communities. We take water for granted, as it’s always right there at the … Read more

Water Conservation is no longer a their problem it's everyone's problem.

You, me, the guy down the street, we all need to take heed and be aware of our
social responsibility when it comes to the water we use in our everyday lives.

It’s a matter of life and health for all of us.

And part of being socially responsible is taking action and informing the public of wasteful products. Products that may be designed to aid the homeowner, but in reality, do more harm than good.

That’s why we created Save Our Water Today – an informative and educational website.

It’s our view, that city water officials and the homeowner should be alerted to water-powered sump pumps and the millions of gallons of fresh drinking water that is potentially and carelessly wasted every year by their installation.

We feel, if we can educate the public and city water officials on the drawbacks of water-powered sump pumps, a more informed, enlightened decision will take place – one that helps the homeowner or city official do the right thing, to do right by the environment.

Now you know, to just say no, to water-powered sump pumps.
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