How you can measure your faucet and shower flow rate?


Now                                                                                                                                                                                       
the reason it's so important to know the flow rates on your faucet is that you could be wasting a lot of water and energy, especially if
 
you have a lot of older faucets in your building that have higher flow rate aerators
 

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The Standard of measurement for water flow in plumbing fixtures is gallons

per minute ( GPM ). Sometimes you will see a rating for " flow rate" printed

on the packaging for a showerhead or faucetAs per to Federal Energy

Policy, all lavatory faucets have a flow rate of no more than 2.2 GPM at a

water pressure of 60 psi, or pounds per square inch. Meanwhile, shower

heads may have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 GPM, kitchen faucets typically have a maximum flow rate of 2.2 GPM.



 ways for measuring

One way to check what the flow rate is on your faucet is to simply take a look at the aerator and see if the GPM is stamped on it. But if it's not or you can't read it, or if there's no aerator on your faucet at all. There is one other way you can measure the flow rate. All you need is a timer and a flow rate measuring bag or a measuring cup. 

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 how to measure

The way to use the flow rate bag is you simply hold it under the faucet and let the water run for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, check the mark that the water level is closet to and that will tell you the flow rate of your faucet. If your water level is above 2.0, you are probably wasting a lot of water. However, you can save your water energy and money by upgrading to a low-flow aerator that restricts the flow rate to 1.0 GPM or even less. 


               

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