One Property Owner Saves Half a Million Gallons of Water

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ROTOGreen Releases First Update on Conservation Initiative

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It’s been one year since North America’s #1 plumbing and drain service company kicked off its water conservation program. Roto-Rooter enlisted the help of a property management customer located in Camden, New Jersey to test out a few of the ROTOGreen products and services and track the savings.

“The idea behind ROTOGreen is that we can make it easy for families and businesses to save a significant amount of water and money without changing behaviors,” said Roto-Rooter President and COO Rick Arquilla.

The Camden Oaks rental property is a 16 unit apartment building with 17 showers and bathtubs, 17 toilets, 34 sinks and 2 washing machines. The toilets were retrofitted into dual-flush models. Old shower heads were replaced with the latest 1.5 gallon-per-minute models. Bathroom and kitchen sink faucet aerators were swapped out with more restrictive flow models. In a year’s time, Camden Oaks has saved a total of 565,000 gallons of water and more than $3,000 as a result of these simple replacements.

“This is an incredible savings for the property management company, which foots the water bill in this case. In regards to investment, it took Roto-Rooter service technicians about a full day’s work to install everything and the customer is on target to recover the full investment of parts and labor in less than 18 months,” said ROTOGreen representative Paul Abrams. “These retrofits were made to existing fixtures for a fraction of the cost of replacing old toilets and faucets with new models,” he added.

If just one apartment complex of similar size in each state underwent the same updates, 28.25 million gallons of water could be saved each year. When broken down, the savings translate to a savings of more than 35,000 gallons and nearly $200 per apartment annually. Additionally, a single man living in a metro Kansas City three bedroom home who participated in the ROTOGreen renovation swapped out two shower heads, three sink faucets and two very old toilets with newer, more efficient EPA WaterSense approved models, cutting his annual water usage by 57 percent.

To celebrate Earth Day 2011, ROTOGreen encourages you to be a part of our water conservation effort. Whether it is by making simple retrofits, updates or replacements, everyone can make a difference, environmentally speaking, and save money on water, sewer and energy bills in the process. Share your Earth Day green ideas on our Facebook Page ( and hear tips from others in our community who are making smarter green choices.

Facts, tips and more information regarding green plumbing and water conservation can be found at

About ROTOGreen

ROTOGreen is the water conservation initiative from North America’s #1 plumbing repair and drain service company, Roto-Rooter. The ROTOGreen program makes it easy for our residential and commercial customers to go green, conserve water and save money on utility bills. Our plan takes a simple but effective approach to conservation. Learn more about water conservation and ROTOGreen at

Media Contact:    Kelly Gadd
            The Eisen Agency

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