1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

May 18, 2008

:139 Low Flow Faucets

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:139 EcoTip: It is a simple procedure to add low flow aerators to a sink faucet to help reduce water flow. This not only helps save water, but also energy from hot water use.

You can check the flow of your faucets by timing how long it takes to fill a quart jar. Aim for 15 seconds or less on bathroom fixtures and about half that for the kitchen.

To prepare for this post I tried this for both of our bathrooms sinks. Both fixtures looked exactly the same, but the master bath took 30 seconds to fill and the hall bath sink filled in 7 seconds. When I checked I found the low flow aerator was missing from the hall bath. You can’t always tell just by looking – so I’m off to the hardware store to buy a new half gallon per minute aerator.


 Additional Information

EPA’s WaterSense program has identified retrofit aerators and new low flow faucets for a variety of applications. They are posted at:  http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/lists/find_faucet.htm

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1 Comment »

  1. The point you make that you can’t tell the difference between the low flow and regular flow faucets aerators is a great point. The costs between the two kinds of aerators are pretty much the same and given the amount of money you will save with your water bill they are definitely worth it. There are a few different kinds and are all based on gallons per minute, you mentioned .5 gpm and that is considered ultra low flow but there are low flow aerators that go up to 2.5 in case you prefer a stronger flow and still want to help conserve water.

    Comment by greg — May 19, 2008 @ 7:16 am

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