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Conserving Water through Faucet Selection
February 12, 2010

A lot of water is wasted at the kitchen and bathroom sink. Often the user will "leave the water running" because it's inconvenient to turn the water off quickly and easily without losing the temperature setting. Faucets with separate Hot and Cold controls are the major culprits.

A very easy solution is to specify / install a single lever type faucet that incorporates volume control and temperature control in one lever similar to this one found here

These faucets allow you to quickly turn off / turn on the water while holding the temperature. If you get into the habit of rinsing a plate or glass and turning off the water while you scrub or while you're putting the plate in the dishwasher, you may save up to 5 gallons per washing session; on average 1,500 gallons per year. These types of single lever faucets also make it easy to turn the water off quickly during hand washing (while you're scrubbing) and brushing teeth so consider using them in bathroom environments too.

Water Conservation is a lifestyle. Thinking about when you can conserve it by temporarily turning off the faucet and being aware of how much water is being wasted down the drain while you do everyday activities is the first step in conserving this precious resource.

Jeff Jeannette, the author of this article, is a Registered Architect, Certified Green Building Professional and has operated his own residential practice since 2000. More resource saving techniques can be found at

This article was written for the United States Green Building Council’s “Green Home Guide” on February 12, 2010.