Will Reduced Water Use Affect our plumbing system?

G’ Day Jimbo

This is the only note I have ever sent this Simbach guy.  And notice that it was back in Feb, before I left for Australia.   They didn’t fire that plumber because of this.  They fired him for putting 4.5 gal kits in all of the 1.6 gal fixtures.

Fixx it

—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Frank Fixx
To: John Simbach
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2012 1:05:20 PM
Subject: Water Saving Ideas


Your plumber is either out of the loop or he is lazy.  Take your pick.

Since many of us plumbers are lazy,  I’m incline to think it is the latter.  To us, less water could mean more work (maintenance), so many plumbers are reluctant to buy into any thing that saves too much water.  There have been thousands of Conservacaps installed in fixtures all across the county and I have never heard anyone say that they didn’t produce enough water to keep the lines clear, so your boy is all by himself….for the moment.

If you want to see a complete turnaround and change of attitude, tell your plumber that since the water saving caps won’t work for your facility, that he should start getting price quotes on new Sloan and Zurn flushometer 1.6 GPF low flow toilets.  Also, ask him to provide you with a timetable for how long it will take him to install all of the new fixtures.

“Glory Be!” he is going to tell you within a week’s time.  “I’ve retested those water saving inner caps…and now they seem to work just fine.”  This has happened with us more than once.

Good luck and write me back if any advice I ever give you works.  I don’t want to hear about it if it doesn’t.


John Simbach  wrote:

Frank Fixx,  UEllc

Hey Frank:

Thanks for the advice on using moderators over aerators in our common area sinks.  We installed the .5 GPM and they work like a charm.

Another questions please.  Several of our off campus buildings  recently installed Conservacap in their flushometer fixtures and are impressed with the water savings and like the performance.  I gave our plumber here some of them to try in our main building and he tells me that they didn’t work at all (caused stoppages, etc)  and that he really doesn’t want to use less water in our facility because of the building’s age.   Our building is newer than the other facilities where the caps seem to be working well.  I don’t understand why these things won’t work for us here.

Please advise



Facility Manager, USC Buildings


About jsxx

Energy Management Consultant specializing in: Demand Side Water Management; Demand Side Lighting Management; Energy Cost Recovery Audits; Graduate: University of Florida; Officer, USMC; Vietnam Veteran

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