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Using Less Water in the Kitchen

"Raise the Bar...& Save Water too!"

Next time you’re in the market for a new faucet aerator for the kitchen sink, look for one with a bar (see photo) or other mechanism that will instantly shut the water off without having to turn off the faucet handles.  Flip the bar down to shut off the flow while you’re washing the dishes or soaping your hands.  Then raise the bar to get the full flow for rinsing without losing your preset temperature.  It saves time, water, and money.

Raise the Bar

The City of Kent has a limited number of water conserving shower heads & water faucet aerators available, free of charge.  For more information, please call Gina at 253-856-5549, or email ghungerford@kentwa.gov.

Did you know…?

  • Older faucets can use up to 2 gallons per minute (gpm), while newer ones can use less than a single gpm.  Adding a faucet aerator can reduce that amount by half. 
  • It may not seem like much, but a drippy faucet can waste several gallons of water a day.  In most cases, a drippy faucet is a sign that the washer or o-ring is worn out and needs to be replaced.  Nothing lasts forever.   Fortunately these cost only pennies each at the hardware store. 
  • Less water is wasted if you put a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge, instead of letting the tap run until water cools.
  • Energy Star Dish Washers use 30% less energy & water over washing by hand or using an older dishwasher!