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City Fire Hydrants Not Designed For Summer Fun

June 2, 2011

City Fire Hydrants Not Designed For Summer Fun. This summer in the city, there’s nothing cool about unauthorized use of a city fire hydrant. It’s a bad idea that wastes water, money, and manpower and puts the health and lives of hundreds, sometimes even thousands at risk, according to Plumbing Supplies Depot manager Rodger Ester in a recent media interview. On the heels of another summer heat wave, the dangers of hydrant misuse does not lessen the importance of the message, nor justify use of hydrants for recreational purposes, although opening fire hydrants in summer is a tradition which has been handed down from generation to generation. Illegally opening fire hydrants drains water that is essential to supplying the needs of residents and businesses, and defeats a hydrant’s ability to avert tragedy in firefighting situations, injury, death, or property damage due to hampered firefighting efforts. Dangerous road conditions. A child playing in the street under a hydrant can be pushed by the water’s force into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and motorists’ visibility is significantly hampered when driving through the spray of a hydrant. In addition, open hydrants have the potential to contaminate water quality when supply pressure is reduced, inducing a backflow from a non-potable supply if a cross-connection exists. With this nation spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve water quality and to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act, it would be irresponsible to allow widespread misuse of fire hydrants, putting the public’s health and safety at risk. An open hydrant wastes 1,000 gallons of water per minute. In an hour, a single illegally opened hydrant wastes enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool. Low water pressure can disrupt water service for hospitals, schools, businesses, and homes in the immediate area, disrupting service for entire neighborhoods, contaminating drinking water, water coming out of the tap could be discolored and flooding residents’ basements. The improper opening and closing of fire hydrants can result in a “water hammer” in the distribution system, potentially resulting in broken water mains and damage to properties. A water hammer in a main is similar to one created in household plumbing when a faucet is closed abruptly, causing the running water to slam against the valve. This effect is much more powerful and potentially destructive in water mains. Water and water quality are precious. Your neighbors shouldn’t put one another at risk. Many folks have a nostalgic attitude toward scenes of city children playing in the spray of an open fire hydrant, thinking of them as an annual rite of summer for urban residents trying to beat the heat. But the hard truth is that the unauthorized opening of fire hydrants can wreak havoc in neighborhoods, turning those nostalgic scenes into tragedy. Hydrant abuse can severely hamper the efforts of firefighters, putting people’s lives and property at risk. Fire hydrants are for fighting fires. They are not toys designed for summer fun. No matter how hot it gets, there is never a good reason to open a fire hydrant illegally. The heat and consequences of an out-of-control fire are much more severe. Be vigilant and report any open hydrants to officials. Rodger Ester of Plumbing Supplies Depot continued offering some tips to start the summer peak season for water consumption which can put a strain on local supply and a dent in home sewage budgets. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk, driveway or patio. Use a hose and wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead; a hose left running can waste as much as six gallons per minute while a bucket and sponge uses only a few gallons to do the job. Regularly check your toilet, faucets and pipes for leaks and have them fixed promptly by a professional plumber. Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full and adjust the water level of your washing machine to match the load size. If you have a water-saver cycle, be sure to use it. Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons per day. Take a short shower – better than a bath; a full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a 5-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons. Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy test to tell if your lawn needs water is to simply walk across the grass. If the lawn springs back you don’t need to water, but if you leave footprints, water may be needed. An added benefit of watering less often is that fewer, deep-soaking waterings encourage deep root growth and stronger turf. Set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more drought-tolerant. Water in the early morning. As much as 30 percent of water can be lost to evaporation by watering during midday. Plumbing Supplies Depot promotes water efficiency and stocks many plumbing supply items stressing the importance of protecting water from source to tap. According to the US EPA’s WaterSense program, water consumption in the average American home on summer days can spike to 1,000 gallons per day, compared to 260 gallons per day during “off peak” season. Be wise, conserve water.

News Courtesy A-1 Plumbing Newswire


Plumbing Supply Blog 2010 Best News

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Minty-Fresh™.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 65 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 87 posts. There were 75 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 23rd with 38 views. The most popular post that day was GE Hitting The Road For Energy-efficient Water Heaters.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for accord seated shower, sterling accord seated shower, kohler loure faucet, ge nucleus, and plumbing supply warehouse.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


GE Hitting The Road For Energy-efficient Water Heaters June 2010


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GE’s Nucleus™ Home Energy Monitor and Management System July 2010


Elkhart XPress No Solder Plumbing Connection March 2010



JADO – Porcher Join Omni Luxury Products Group

May 17, 2010

JADO® and Porcher®, makers of luxury bath and kitchen products, and part of the American Standard family of brands, have joined Omni’s decorative showroom buying group, Luxury Products Group LPG, effective January 2010. The LPG alliance will enable the two leading designer brands to join an elite list of luxury merchants and enjoy the benefits of showroom allegiance, a network of loyal members, product sales and support, and unique marketing opportunities. JADO and Porcher have long-standing relationships with the decorative luxury community, and many of the brandsexisting customers are already affiliated with LPG. Omni’s membership includes more than 200 wholesalers representing 500-plus locations, of which 80 percent operate showrooms focusing on high-end luxury products. ‘We are excited to increase our brandspresence in hundreds of premier showrooms throughout the country,’ says Mark Hamilton, general manager of American Standard’s luxury business.  “We look forward to the new partnerships and growth that we anticipate as a result of this marketing alliance.’ For more information on JADO and Porcher products, visit and

American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality kitchen and bath products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other related products. The company currently serves both the residential and commercial markets; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under the American Standard®, Crane®, Eljer®, Porcher®, JADO®, and Fiat® brands. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners.

News Courtesy A1LY Plumbing Newswire