3 Reasons Low-Flow Toilets and Faucets are a Great Idea


The idea of low-flow toilets or faucets may sound great for the environment but leave you wondering what you’re giving up in exchange. Great water pressure? A wide choice of products? You’d be surprised! Here are three reasons today’s low-flow toilets and faucets are a great idea.

A Surprisingly Vigorous Blast

The term “low flow” is indicative of less water being used, but the idea of less water pressure in the shower particularly makes some people balk. Good news, then – many of today’s low-flow showerheads can reduce waste and still offer a great shower experience. Consider an aerating showerhead or one with laminar technology (the kind in rain-style showerheads). If you need a recommendation, River City Plumbing here in Reno is happy to help.

High Standards for Quality and Efficacy

The Environmental Protection Agency sets the standards for low-flow faucets and fixtures, and those that meet its rigid requirements during testing earn the WaterSense label. It’s a symbol of superior water efficiency, so look for it!

You’ll Really Save Water (And Money)

Yes, there’s an upfront cost to having low-flow faucets and fixtures installed. But the switch to more efficient and eco-friendly options will pay for itself quite quickly. The water savings itself is extreme. According to the Bureau of Reclamation, you could save 700 gallons annually with a low-flow faucet, up to 13,000 gallons annually with a low-flow toilet, and about over 1400 gallons per year per family member with a low-flow showerhead. That adds up!

Pro tip – If you’re not ready to go all in with low-flow faucets and fixtures, consider adding an aerator to all existing faucets. These pieces screw on to the end of the faucet and can reduce water flow almost as much as a new low-flow model.

In Reno and Sparks, River City Plumbing is here for all of your plumbing needs – and that includes emergencies. Contact us today!

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