Ed the Plumber: Consider installing a water-saving faucet, because every drop counts.

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Q: My proposed kitchen remodel will include new appliances, countertops, and a sink and faucet. Since I plan to use energy efficient appliances, I also want an efficient kitchen faucet. Can you please go over some water-saving faucet information for me to think about?

A: In past years, water-saving kitchen faucets have not received as much attention as water-saving faucets for the bathroom. The thinking was that in the kitchen, a lot of the water use was to fill things like pots for cooking and cups for drinking. What difference would it make if the faucet used less gallons per minute (gpm), since the end goal was to fill up the pot or cup? However, even with a dishwasher, pots, pans, cups and dishes do get washed in the sink as well.

So, since every drop counts, there is a new push to start installing water-saving kitchen faucets. Usually an efficient kitchen faucet uses less than 1.9 gpm.

But, don’t be a drip. Check local codes and choose a water-saving kitchen faucet that’s approved for your area.


Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.