According to WaterSense, faucets account for more than 15% of indoor household water use—more than 1 trillion gallons of water across the United States each year.
Although federal law requires that new faucets not exceed 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm) at 60 psi, older faucets can flow at rates as high as 3 to 7 gpm.
WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets that use a maximum of 1.5 gpm can reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more from the standard flow of 2.2 gpm, without sacrificing performance.
Faucet aerators, which are located at the end of a faucet, mix air and water to create a water flow that is consistent and splash free. Most faucets have aerators, or have threads on the inside or outside of the faucet to accept an aerator.
If you’re not ready to purchase a new faucet, but still want to save water, you can replace an older aerator with a water saving model. Try a 1.5 gpm in the kitchen and a .5 gpm in the bathroom, and begin saving water immediately!
The Sharon Water Department offers free faucet aerators to residents. Please visit or call the Sharon Water Department, 781-784-1525 x2315, during regular business hours for more information.