With utility costs and environment conservation becoming a larger and more expensive issue in the industry, there are a wide variety of measures being taken to reduce the amount of water being used in commercial foodservice establishments. Faucet aerators may provide a simple solution that can reduce water costs over the course of a year for any restaurant. By adding air to the water stream of a commercial kitchen faucet, a faucet aerator can significantly reduce the flow rate of the unit.
Low flow rate aerators are used most advantageously in faucets attached to hand sinks, as an aerator will decrease the amount of splashing and the overall amount of water used when each employee washes their hands before and during a shift. They may also be used with bathroom faucets, reducing the volume of water used in these facilities while also limiting the potential of excess splashing leaving a customer with an embarrassing wet spot on their clothing.
One might think that utilizing faucet aerators with low flow rates would be the best plan for all commercial kitchen faucets, but this is not the case. Faucets that are attached to compartment sinks and other warewashing sinks may not benefit from an aerator because the water is used to fill the sink’s bowl rather than going directly down the drain. An aerator will just delay the amount of time it takes to fill the sink and won’t save a great deal of water.