Make a Splash with Money-Saving Upgrades!
Avoid losing up to thousands of dollars each year on utility bills by upgrading to water- and energy-saving equipment
Through August 2013 you can sign up to take advantage of discount prices on efficiency upgrades to your pre-rinse spray valves and faucet aerators, dramatically cutting your water and energy use with these simple, inexpensive retrofits. Keep reading to learn more and take part!
Pre-rinse spray valves are used in commercial kitchens to remove food before placing dishes in the dishwasher or sanitizer. Faucet aerators screw on to the end of your faucet to regulate the flow of water and are great for any facility with numerous hand washing sinks.
Information for specific groups:
|Several utilities in Minnesota offer rebates for pre-rinse spray valves, reducing the equipment cost by up to half! Click here to find rebates.|
Wondering who’s taking action and what they have to say about their new spray valves and aerators?
Action Steps: What to do
- Learn: Check out our brochure and more resources below (if you need them) so that you understand the technologies and the opportunity for savings.
- Test Sprayer: Determine if you should upgrade your commercial kitchen pre-rinse spray valve(s) by testing the flow rate of your current spray valve(s). If it takes less than 30 seconds to fill a 1 gallon container (or if you know that your spray valve uses more than 2 gallons per minute), you should upgrade your spray valve and start saving money each year from here on out. Refer to the Replacement Guide for more information.
- Test Aerators: Determine if you should upgrade the faucet aerators in sinks in your commercial kitchen, bathrooms, and at hand-washing stations by checking the flow rate of each of your current faucets. The “gallons per minute” or GPM rating is typically printed on the side of the faucet aerator located right where the water comes out. You should upgrade your faucet aerators if they use more than 1.5 gallons per minute. Refer to the Replacement Guide for more information.
- Consider your needs for efficient showerheads: During the ordering process, you will be given an opportunity to purchase low-flow showerheads at reduced prices to help lower your energy and water costs even more. Showerheads are offered in chrome or white and with options like easily-adjustable two flow rate (1 and 1.5 gpm), easily-adjustable two flow type (powerful massage and gentle needle spray), and luxury appearance. Showerheads are an easy retrofit to consider in school and exercise facility locker rooms, nursing homes – assisted and independent living, multi-family housing complexes, hospitals, and more.
- Questions Before Ordering? From program details to product information, we have answers in our Frequently Asked Questions. Also, read first-hand tips and tricks for faucet aerators in this blog post.
- Order: Place your order using our secure form. Niagara Conservation will email an order confirmation to you.
- Delivery & Install: Receive and refer to the Installation Guide to start using your new spray valves and faucet aerators.
- Recycle: Did you know that you can give your old spray valves and aerators to scrap metal recyclers in Minnesota? Click here to see a map of locations and here for a list from the Pollution Control Agency.
Who’s Behind this Effort?
Clean Energy Resource Teams
| Alexis Troschinetz
Behavior Change and Metrics Coordinator
Niagara Conservation is committed to providing their customers with energy- and water-saving products of the highest quality, with the least possible impact to the planet’s resources. They are headquartered in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey with satellite offices around the world.
Share: Help Others Take Action!
Share quickly with friends and colleagues:
Watch these short videos from CERTs to learn how to test your current spray valve, how to replace your valve, and why you should spread the word about the Water-Saving Program. Then use the resources below to take action!
- Text for newsletters, blogs, and more
- Email template in HTML for sending to your audiences
- Brochure to print or share via email
- Promotion kit with high-resolution images
- Press release with more narrative format
- Public service announcement (PSA) audio file – 30 seconds
Looking for something else?
We want to help you spread the word! Tell Dan Thiede, CERTs Communications Coordinator, what you need at 612-626-0556 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
The resources below will help you to fully understand high-efficiency pre-rinse spray valves.
- Product Detail Sheet for Spray Valve – Niagara N2180
Official manufacturer product specifications for the spray valve we’re offering in this program.
- Product Detail Sheet for Faucet Aerator (0.5 gpm needle spray) – Niagara N3205N
Official manufacturer product specifications for the 0.5 gallon-per-minute aerator we’re offering in this program.
- Product Detail Sheet for Faucet Aerator (1.0 gpm bubble spray) – Niagara N3210-SAW
Official manufacturer product specifications for the 1.0 gallon-per-minute aerator we’re offering in this program.
- Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions before you place your order? From bulk buy details to product information, we have answers.
- Case Study: Installing Your Pre-Rinse Spray Valve
This case study takes you step by step through the process of replacing a pre-rinse spray valve.
- Savings Calculations Chart
Shows water, energy, and money savings for both spray valves and aerators.
- Food Service Technology Center – Pre-Rinse Spray Valves
Basic information and a list of efficient brands and models.
- Food Service Technology Center – Savings Calculator
A quick tool for estimating your savings. See the Savings Chart above, or contact your utilities to obtain your local pricing information.
- WaterSense EPA Partnership Program – Commercial
Feature design, management, and product best practices for water savings.
- Alliance for Water Efficiency – Commercial Food Service Introduction
Provides a list of Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification studies on completed programs.
- Case Study: Region of Waterloo – Pre-Rinse Spray Valve Pilot Study
A final report from a regional replacement program.
- Report: Addressing the Energy-Water Nexus – A Blueprint for Action
This May 2011 publication of the Alliance for Water Efficiency and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy brings together water and energy use and looks at integrated strategies for reducing both.
Videos: Restaurants saving water, energy & money
Cutting back on water and energy use means more money to spend elsewhere in the business and less wasted resources down the drain.
Minnesota 2020’s Tom Niemisto stopped in to Las Mojarras Mexican Restaurant on Lake Street in Minneapolis to see the sprayers in action, and talk to owner Oscar Reyes about the difference so far:
Lakeland Public TV’s Lacy Monteleone talked to Molly Luther, owner of The Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids, about the ways they’re saving energy, in part with new faucet aerators: