Green Action: Install low-flow aerators on all faucets
IDENTIFY FAUCETS WHICH NEED LOW-FLOW AERATORS:
San Francisco’s Department of the Environment’s recommends that all faucets have an aerator installed with a maximum flow of 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute). Viv highly recommends aerators with a max flow of 1.5 GPM for any non-high volume activities (e.g., in bathrooms).
Please examine all faucets to determine whether an aerator is attached and the current flow of that aerators. If you cannot find the GPM of your current faucet, turn the faucet on and see how long it takes to fill 1 quart of water. If it takes 5 seconds or less your aerators is >3 GPM and needs to be replaced. If it takes 10 seconds or more your aerator is <1.5 GPM.
Faucets without an aerator attached will often have threads on the inside/outside of the nozzle where an aerator can be screwed in and attached.
For faucets which already have an aerator, look closely on the aerator and you will see a small inscription on the aerator itself which identifies the flow allowance of the aerator.
PURCHASE LOW FLOW AERATORS
Unfortunately, Viv is not currently partnered with a supplier that carries low-flow aeroators at a discount. Hopefully we will be soon (!), but in the meantime please consult your local hardware store where aerators can often be purchased for $1-$5.
INSTALLING LOW FLOW AERATORS:
Installing faucet aerators is fairly simple. You can do this yourself or hire a handyman:
1. You can typically just use your hands, but if using a wrench, place masking or duct tape around the wrench to protect the finish of your faucet.
2. Remove the old faucet aerator (if there is one) attachment by turning it clockwise.
3. Before installing a new aerator, turn on the water to flush out the faucet.
4. Turn off the water, screw on the new aerator and hand tighten. Take care to avoid crossthreading.
5. Turn on the water. If your aerator leaks, carefully tighten in small increments until leaking stops. Do not overtighten.