If you have an old kitchen faucet, that piece of hardware could be letting water through at 20 to 50 l/minute. Sure, we all like the classics, but that dinosaur has to go. I mean, that kind of faucet doesn’t meet today’s standards. The maximum flow rate set by the Canadian Standards Association is 8.3 l/minute at 60 psi.
To slow the flow of that old faucet, you can use an aerator, a set of screens that add air to the stream of water. Some aerators blend in nicely with a faucet’s design. Others–not so much. If you are not a fan of those bulbous, white, swivelling aerators, and serious about water conservation, Moen has its new Dorsey Eco-Performance kitchen faucet. This piece of hardware has a setting that can lower the flow rate to 6.6 l/minute, which Moen says can give you 32 per cent in water savings. But, if you need the maximum 8.3 l/minute, you can switch back.
Do you know of other low-flow faucets? If so, post below.