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Do Low Flow Faucets Have Good Pressure?

Posted on: May 23, 2014

faucet-blackdiamondReplacing inefficient faucets with low-flow models can save your household and your Glenview community hundreds of gallons of water each year. Water-saving faucets offer you an easy way to reduce water use, lower your water bill, and because you’ll use less hot water, save money on your energy bills too. Best of all, with the right low-flow products, you won’t have to sacrifice good water pressure to enjoy the savings. Today’s low-flow faucets are designed with your satisfaction in mind.

The WaterSense Program

To encourage water conservation while making it easier for consumers to find effective fixtures and faucets, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the WaterSense program in 2006. WaterSense is a voluntary program that sets standards for manufacturers and verifies water savings through third-party testing. Qualified products are awarded with the WaterSense label, providing you with the information you need to make informed purchases.

To prevent manufacturers from meeting WaterSense criteria by compromising performance, WaterSense faucets must have a maximum flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at 60 pounds per square inch (psi) and a minimum flow rate of 0.8 gpm at 20 psi. This ensures that you’ll enjoy good water pressure whether you’re brushing your teeth or washing dishes. The only difference that you may notice is an increased wait time when filling the sink with water.

Low-Flow Faucet Options

If you decide that a WaterSense faucet isn’t right for you, a new standard faucet can still save you money. Federal regulations mandate that new faucet flow rates can’t be more than 2.5 gpm at 80 psi. Replacing faucet aerators with WaterSense-qualified models can help you reduce water use and save money too. The EPA estimates that replacing your outdated bathroom and kitchen faucets with new models equipped with effective aerators can cut your annual water usage by as much as 60 percent.

Fast and Efficient Faucet Installations

Whether you’re remodeling a bathroom or you want to replace a single water-wasting faucet, the plumbing professionals at Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical can help you explore your low-flow faucet options to ensure the right selection for your Glenview, IL, home. We offer free estimates on installs or replacements and guarantee that you’ll be satisfied with the work we do. Our ongoing specials can significantly reduce the cost of your new plumbing installation too. To learn more or to schedule service, contact the experts at Black Diamond today.

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