Water-Saving Fixtures: Faucets
Plumbing fixtures are far more efficient than they used to be, doing the same job with a lot less water. Water-saving fixtures are now required in many areas by building and plumbing codes.
All residential faucets for bathrooms and kitchen sinks comply with the U.S. maximum flow standard of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm).
FOR KITCHENS: The 2.5 pgm standard is about right for kitchen faucets; if the flow is any less, it is hard to fill pasta pots quickly or rinse pots effectively.
FOR BATHROOMS: Flow rates for bathroom faucets can be much less than the Federal maximum without suffering a performance penalty. It is best to choose lavatory faucets rated at 1.5 gpm or less.
Standard Low-Flow Rates for Faucets:
Kitchen: 2.5 gpm | Lavatory: 1.8 gpm
Note on Hands-Free Technology – Electronic sensor faucets provide the convenience of hands-free on/off activation and water conservation. Advanced sensing technologies can accurately sense when to shut on and off, using very little water by limiting the flow rate as well as the time the fixture operates. Using a faucet like this helps keep your bathroom cleaner (like gunk that builds up around your faucet handles!) and prevents the spreading and recontamination of germs.
The sensors require electricity to operate, easily wired to the building in new construction, or battery operated if added later. In the latter case, the batteries must be maintained. Please contact your local Kitchen & Bath Classics consultant for more information.
Water Purity and Home Health
All brands at Kitchen & Bath Classics are engineered with quality materials to aid in the consistent delivery of clean water, primarily with faucets designed to prevent standing water inside the faucet itself.