There are many ways to save water both inside and outside the house. The FKAA’s 2017 Resolve to Conserve Campaign focuses on a simple way residents can conserve water, energy and money. Utilizing water efficient faucets and fixtures accomplishes all three.
A great way to reduce consumption, but maintain pressure at the faucet, is to install an aerator. Aerators are simple, inexpensive devices that screw right into the faucet heads. An aerator uses a mesh screen to divide the water flow into many small streams with air in between. This allows for the feeling of high pressure with less actual water consumption. Aerators can be used in both the bathroom and the kitchen.
Want more savings? Install a water efficient showerhead too. Replacing old, inefficient faucets and aerators with water efficient models can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year, equal to the amount of water needed to take 40 showers. Not only will there be a savings on your water and wastewater bill, but using less hot water means using less energy.
When looking for these products at the store, there is an easy way to insure that you are getting a high performing water efficient fixture: look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense-labeled products are backed by independent, third–party testing and certification and meet EPA’s specifications for water efficiency and exceptional performance.
To help jump start residents’ New Year’s resolutions to conserve the FKAA will offer conservation kits at their three customer service offices throughout the Keys. The kits include a WaterSense-certified showerhead, a bathroom aerator and a kitchen aerator with a swivel and a pause valve. Supplies are limited.
For more information about water efficient fixtures and to calculate your savings go to www.fkaa.com.