Last updated on August 12th, 2018 at 10:03 am
There are many uses for faucet water around the house if you have a regular faucet or even a pull out or pull down faucet. Whether you’re cooking and need some water, or if you’ve tired of letting the dishwasher half wash the dishes and want to do them yourself, there are plenty of uses for faucet water and it shows in how much people use per year.
In a household full of 4 people, faucet water is about 18% of the water consumption which is a lot to say the least. Over the course of a year, the average household uses between 6,600-9,750 gallons of water per year. That is a staggering amount, which would explain why you would want the faucets in your home to be in tip top shape and not on its last legs.
Bad faucets that are old and leaky will only increase the gallon output per year, and in the process can seriously be damaging the pipes in your home. Below is a list of faucet water and how it is used around the house, whether in the kitchen or even in the bathroom. This will give you a good idea how important it is to have an updated appliance at the source of the water.
Usage of Water In The Kitchen
The kitchen may rival the bathroom with most faucet water used, but it is still the second most used by comparison. With the kitchen sink consumers often run water for several tasks, with the main one being boiling water and cooking. In this case buyers with deep sinks and high arching, faucets are at the biggest advantage. They can simply put their pot in the sink and fill it up with water, and that step can even be avoided completely if they have a water faucet with a spray head.
In the modern kitchen leaving your pot on the stove while you retract the 60+ ft. spray head to fill the pot up with water is even more idea, keeping smaller users from having to lug the big pot over to the stove. It is an effortless mechanic that often goes unappreciated for years until you purchase a kitchen faucet with a built-in the spray head.
While cooking sometimes rinsing and chopping vegetables is done in the sink with a running stream of water. This is done a lot and is one of the main water uses in the kitchen. With the introduction of the spray head with different spray types and a pause feature, this helps to save water in the kitchen by giving the vegetables an actual rinse in water, and only when needed. Each model of kitchen faucet has its own spray head settings that may prove more beneficial than others, which is why if you value the spray head option the most, you always want to choose one with at least 3 functions built in for maximum compatibility.
To a lesser extent than the bathroom, faucet water usage in the kitchen can be associated with washing your hands, which is more likely if you purchase a system from Danze that comes with a soap dispenser. If combining this with a motion sensor setup consumers could wash their hands all without ever touching any of the equipment. After handling meat bacteria growth can be a concern, so having a touchless system is even more vital. Of note when using a touchless system is that due to accidental gestures it could waste a lot of water although this isn’t common. During the learning process of using a touchless system, everything goes back to normal in under a month’s time.
Usage of Water In The Bathroom
The bathroom is king of water use, but would you believe most if they told you that in a faucet to faucet comparison the bathroom used more than the kitchen sink? It’s an unbelievable statistic, but it’s true the more you think about it. The first faucet you go to in the morning is the bathroom, and it is also the last one you see at night. If you use any types creams, shaving gels, toothpaste, or even if you’re just plain washing your hands then chances are the bathroom faucet is going to get a workout. This is not even counting the many miscellaneous tasks that the bathroom faucet is called upon throughout the week like washing out a cut or just plain washing your face.
The bathroom is king when it comes to water usage just on the faucet alone, so image what the number is if you factor in the entire bathroom. One thing that people don’t notice when using the bathroom faucet is that they leave it running a lot more than the kitchen faucet.
This may be a force of habit, or it could even be a mental block, but whatever the reason the bathroom faucet is left running in overtime more often than not. So even though the kitchen faucet is probably the most important faucet between the two, when you’re buying a new kitchen faucet don’t forget about the most used faucet in the household the one in the bathroom. It wouldn’t hurt to replace the most used faucet in the house and upgrade it to something more fitting for its role.
That concludes the insight into where and what faucet water usage amounts to in the normal residential setting. In larger households with more bathrooms and a bigger kitchen, you can expect spikes in water usage from time to time. The important part is to always have a water faucet that can handle the many gallons of water that pass through your home yearly. Whether it is in the bathroom or in the kitchen, having an up to date kitchen faucet to handle the heavy load will make things go a lot smoother for you. With all of the innovations surrounding water faucet technology, this would be a good time to see what your home is missing. You may find something that completely blows away what you have in your current kitchen or bathroom.