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Save water with faucet aerators

Low flow aerator

Guest post written by Ari Ronai-Durning, a summer intern with the Sustainability at Work program.

Decreasing water use at your business often seems like a large task to tackle. Here is one simple step you can take that doesn’t involve a major investment of time, money, or energy.

Installing low-flow aerators to the faucet heads in bathrooms and kitchens decreases water use without replacing any faucets or fixtures. Inexpensive faucet aerators can be found for most faucet sizes. In fact, if the faucets at your business are standard rather than custom fixtures, Sustainability at Work will send you aerators for free! This simple measure can limit the flow rate on bathroom and kitchen faucets to 0.5 gallons per minute and 1.5 gallons per minute respectively – about half of what standard faucets use. Faucet aerators can often be installed in minutes. If you have any questions about checking your faucet flow rate or about aerators in general, let us know, or you can go ahead and order free aerators from us.