What are the Piping and Plumbing Effects on Environment and Wildlife?

While protecting the environment is essential for both the current and future generation, and many companies and individuals strive to achieve the same, some activities eventually pose some dangers to the environment. Plumbing, for instance, is important for supplying clean water to and wastewater from homes and institutional buildings, but the act can often turn out to be an environmental hazard. For this reason, companies strive to ensure their operational activities are safe to the environment. This act is sometimes referred to as corporate social responsibility. Some plumbing companies have also resorted to green plumbing to ensure their plumbing services are safe to the environment. Below are piping and plumbing effects on environment and wildlife.

Cause Sanitation Problems for Humans

Sanitary Sewer
Workers installing a sanitary sewer, which handles surface run-off as well as wastewater.

Sanitary sewers sometimes overflow and occupy surfaces, exposing untreated wastewater to both humans and animals alike. This can be caused by blocked flow of wastewater due to solids and grease that accumulate and eventually block the pathway. Wastewater is known to back up in manholes and sewer cleanouts. Grease, solids and other debris that are washed down your drain build up over time to cause blockage.

This excessive accumulation can restrict the free flow of wastewater, potentially resulting in a serious sanitary sewer overflow and posing a danger to the environment. This is sometimes handled by municipal sewer administrations or commercial plumbers, to insure that overflow is not necessary.  However the most common aspect is overflow dumping into nearby bodies of water.  One Jersey City Plumber noted this, as the city lies right next to the Hudson river, “Overflow goes directly into the Hudson.  You hate to see it happen, especially when its raw sewage and other garbage, but the only other option is to drop it in the streets.” All these can be a health hazard to humans, aquatic life, animals, and the overall environment.

Water-Related Air Pollution

The act of supplying water to homes and commercial buildings causes air pollution. This is because pumping this water requires energy in the form of electricity, natural gas and diesel. Therefore, every gallon of water consumed uses fossil fuels, and the higher the water consumption the higher the amount of energy used, and therefore the higher the level of air pollution. Using more water equals more air and environmental pollution.

Non Energy-Saving Appliances

The use of household appliances such as water heaters, boilers, and gas cookers at home is because of plumbing. While energy-saving appliances are great to use since they not only save energy but also emit less smoke and other pollutants to the environment, some of those appliances emit dangerous levels of carbon dioxide to the environment and atmosphere. Other appliances leak and waste tons of water, which could otherwise have been used for other purposes.

Waste of Water and Energy

Toilets in households consume a lot of water, which is flushed down the drain after use. Washing machines, showers, faucets, leaks, and baths can also waste gallons of water each day. Energy in the form of electricity is often required to pump this water to households. Eventually, sophisticated plumbing and piping result in several forms of water outlet, resulting in a waste of water resources. Water conservation is important to the environment and in the preservation of fossil fuels.

Piping and plumbing can have devastating effects on both environment and wildlife. To help preserve the environment and protect wildlife, it is important to observe environmentally safe practices that aim to preserve the ecosystem. It is a collective responsibility for virtually everyone in the community to take a proactive role in ensuring health and safety for all.