When planning to create a kitchen that is water-efficient, start accessorising and tweaking at the source – the taps.
Rain or no rain, it makes perennial sense to own a kitchen that values water. Modern kitchens, even with their gadgetry and sophistication, or some times because of it, =can become spots of criminal wastage of water if used without careful planning.
The acts of cooking, washing, and clean-up demand different quantities of water and often result in spills and backsplashes that cannot be re-used. So the key is in prevention rather than recycling. And thanks to design innovators, the markets are starting to fill with accessories that can aid in creating water-efficient kitchens.
Most of these products are variations of tap aerators that help regulate the amount of water flowing out from the kitchen taps. By arresting the heavy flow and dispensing the available water in a diffused form, these accessories help in making all kinds of washing a low-water-supply endeavour.
A tap aerator can help save up to 10 percent of the water used in a household. Armed with this fact, the Indian Plumbing Association has set out on a mission to make people more aware of the tap aerator and its massive benefits. It started the ‘I Save Water’ campaign in Pune, Maharashtra, by installing pressure-regulating devices in the taps of the city’s railway platforms and airports. This initiative is estimated to save approximately 5 crore litres of water by March 2017.
Certain modern faucets also come equipped with settings that can customise the amount of water that the user wishes to save.
Some faucets can save up to 32 percent of water at their most judicious setting. This is achieved using a multi-functional spray, a feature that can also be achieved manually and on a shoe-string budget by plugging plastic shower-heads onto the mouth of pipes.
Saving water in the kitchen involves simple yet thoughtful kitchen accessories and tricks. All we need is some awareness, and some daily discipline.
By Latika Payak