Residential Plumbing: Evolving Towards High-Efficiency

New products, especially fixtures and fittings that respect the responsible use of water, such as our Dixon bathroom faucet, are helping our population to be significantly more efficient in conserving the world’s most precious resource: water. In the Spring 2016 issue of Ontario Homebuilder magazine, “The Reign of Water” article sheds light on the evolution towards increased efficiency in residential plumbing.

Taymor Dixon widespread bathroom faucet


The kitchen is undoubtedly a water guzzling area of the home but according to Environment Canada, about 65% of indoor water usage occurs in the bathroom (with showers and baths accounting for 35% and toilet flushing 30%).

When it comes to faucets, “Look for products with the WaterSense label, which adhere to criteria set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and may also contribute to your project's eligibility for LEED credits or BuiltGreen points,” stresses Jan Rutgers, director of product design at Taymor.According to the Polis Water Sustainability Project, we go though an estimated 325 litres of water per person per day, more than any other nation on earth. Clearly there’s room for improvement in North America, but at the least, new products, systems, and technology are helping us be significantly more efficient in our water usage than they were a short time ago. Credit more efficient plumbing for much of that transition, which has resulted in more savings for homeowners and less strain on the environment and a growing demand for plumbing professionals.