Save Water with a Faucet Aerator


Tools Required

  • Faucet Aerator
  • Pressure Reduction Washers

Saving water by installing flow reduction washers to all faucets in the house we save water and, in the case of hot water we also save energy. Flow reduction washers are available in hardware stores and come in a range of sizes to suit your needs. They are a simple way of saving money.

Save Water with a Faucet Aerator

One of the problems with kitchen sinks is if the flow rate is too great you get a lot of splash back. It’s a waste of water, often you just want to rinse something. So the answer is a pressure reduction valve. How much does it reduce the flow? Let’s find out.

flow rate

That’s 41 seconds, that’s a flow rate of about 13.5 Lt a minute so now we are going to add a pressure reduction washer and see what it brings it down to.

installing low flow washer

tighten fitting

new measurement flow rate

Ok, that’s a 50% reduction in flow rate it’s a still manageable workable flow. In fact it doesn’t splash around any more. Perfect for rinsing the vegetables and anything else you need to do. You take a little bit longer to fill the kettle but who cares. You are going to save a lot of water over a year.

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