What comes to mind when you think of water pressure? For most people these words
conjure up images of the morning shower. Lack of water pressure can turn that much anticipated ritual into a frustrating and unpleasant ordeal. Just ask anyone who's been late to work because they couldn't rinse the suds out of their hair. What many co-op and condo residents who live in high rise buildings don't realize, however, is that excessive water pressure can be just as undesirable as inadequate pressure. If left unchecked, over a period of time, either situation can affect the value of an apartment owner's real estate investment.
A Major Water User
Co-op City, a sprawling 35-building complex in the Bronx, is one of the city's largest water users. Its residents anticipated a major reduction in their water bills when Co-op City was approved by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the Toilet Rebate Program. This water conservation initiative is overseen by DEP and offers co-op and condo buildings the opportunity to get rid of their old toilets for modern low-flow toilets while earning a $240-per-toilet cash rebate from DEP.
Co-op City had plans to replace their existing five-gallon-per-flush toilets with the TOTO flush toilet model 703, which uses just 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Residents were told by proponents of the new toilets that Co-op City could anticipate a considerable reduction in the average daily home consumption of water in the developmentfrom 125 gallons per day per person to 57 gallonsresulting in substantial savings.