• Where does Sacramento Get Its Water? (And How You Can Conserve It)

    It’s easy to switch on your tap and expect water to start flowing without really considering how it gets there. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most people simply don’t stop to think about the process that brings water to their homes, but knowing where your water comes from is the first step in considering how to conserve it. Here is a look at where the water that flows through your Sacramento plumbing comes from and some advice for conserving it in the future.  

    River City Water 

    Sacramento’s nickname of River City gives you a clue as to where the city’s water comes from. Nearly all of the city’s water supply comes from the surrounding rivers and waterways, including the American, Sacramento, Cosumnes, lower Mokelumne, and Yuba Rivers. Some of the water supply also comes from groundwater.  

    The American and Sacramento Rivers are the two biggest contributors to water in the city. Each of these rivers has an intake structure that feeds water in a treatment plant. On the American River, the water feeds into the E.A Fairbanks Treatment Plant, and on the Sacramento River, it flows into the Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant. Within each plant, the water goes through a treatment process before it flows into reservoirs to be distributed as needed to homes throughout the city.  

    Water Conservation 

    There are many things you can do to reduce the amount of water you use in your home. If you have any leaky drains, call your plumber to have them repaired right away. Even small drips can use a huge amount of water that could be saved with an easy plumbing fix. Don’t run the tap while you brush your teeth or wash dishes, and make sure you run full loads when using your dishwasher and washing machine. Installing low-flow taps and toilets can also make a significant difference.  

    At Ace Plumbing, our plumbing repairs and new system installations improve the efficiency of your plumbing so that you can minimize your water consumption. Schedule a service call with a plumber in Sacramento by calling (916) 455-4548. 

  • Comparing Electric and Gas Water Heaters

    When it is time to replace your water heater, you don’t only have to choose between traditional and tankless water heaters, but also between electric and gas systems. There are pros and cons to each type, so which one is right for your home? Your plumber can help you make the best choices for your needs. This comparison will also help you weigh your choice.  

    Cost to Operate 

    Gas water heaters are the clear winner in terms of operational costs, whether they are traditional or tankless water heaters. Although the exact difference depends on your local utility costs, a gas water heater usually costs around $30 per month, while an electric water heater costs about $42 per month to operate. These rates will naturally vary depending on how much hot water you actually use. Part of the reason that electric water heaters cost more to operate is that they take longer to heat up water, thus using more energy.  

    Cost to Install 

    Electric water heaters cost less up-front to purchase and install. Gas water heaters are more expensive initially, even if you already have a natural gas line, and the cost will increase significantly if you have to add a line. This is true of both traditional and tankless systems. Despite the difference in initial cost, you may recoup the difference over the life of your water heater through the reduced operating costs of a gas heater. The ability to recoup your investment depends on the initial price of the systems, your utility costs, and how much you use your water heater.  

    Other Factors 

    There are other factors to consider when choosing between gas and electric water heaters. Gas water heaters tend to last for slightly longer than electric models, while electric models are considered to be safer since there is no risk of a gas leak. Gas heaters will work even in the event of a power outage, but electric heaters are more efficient because there is less residual heat loss.  

    Let the experts at Ace Plumbing help you with selecting a system and water heater installation in Sacramento. Get answers to your questions about all of our plumbing services by calling (916) 455-4548.  

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