Reduction of water pressure can offer homeowners substantial water savings (mostly in irrigation systems) and more sustainable water consumption without compromising distribution system operations across our service area.
Pressure reducing valves (PRV’s) and expansion tanks for homes with 80psi or higher, installed on a residential property can address the concerns of customers with high water pressure and take practical steps towards optimizing water consumption through utilization of this method of water conservation.
Pressure reducing valves (PRVs) are a type of valve installed in a plumbing system to regulate water pressure. Pressure reducing valves are designed to reduce high incoming pressure from water mains to a lower, more efficient water pressure throughout a customer’s private plumbing.
Why Add A Pressure Reducing Valve And Expansion Tank?
Based on data from similar programs implemented in other utilities, we anticipate that Fort Worth Water customers with high private plumbing pressure could achieve water savings of up to 30% annually in each home that installs a Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) and associated expansion tank. Typical homeowners who reduce pressure from 80 to 60 psi could be expected to save 12,800 gallons of water per year. Customers with higher water pressure and greater irrigation system usage could save well over 40,000 gallons of water per year.
If you think this may apply to your home, you should first consult a licensed, professional plumber to properly diagnose the pressure level. They can then discuss installing the pressure reducing valve and expansion tank and regulating the valve to adjust the irrigation and household fixture pressure. Keep in mind, your irrigation components may need to be adjusted further to fine tune your system after installation.