RV 101: Water conservation using faucet aerators

RV 101: Water conservation using faucet aerators

The Tin Can Travelers April 15, 2018 No Comments

We’ve only been at this for a little more than a year, and during that time we’ve only camped without full hookups (electric, water and sewer) twice. We consider ourselves sticklers when it comes to trying to save energy or water; any place we have ever rented or owned we immediately switched the conventional light bulbs for light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Our concern with the Airstream was no different, but since it already had LEDs we turned our attention to its water consumption. Much to our surprise, most recreational vehicles (RVs) come with residential faucets that consume upwards of 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm).

Don’t get us wrong, we like a nice steady stream of water when taking a shower, or washing our hands or the dishes, but when you have a limited supply of water onboard you have to find the middle ground between satisfaction and conservation. Searching online we found the Conservation Warehouse that has various faucet aerators offering .25 gpm to 1 gpm. We purchased the .35 gpm aerator for the bathroom and the .5 gpm aerator for the kitchen faucet. They were easy to install and offered a varied water pattern based on the type purchased. During the two times we camped without full hookups, we were able to make our 39 gallon fresh water tank last for the three days we were out with only 45% of our water being consumed. Of course, we didn’t take any showers but we did wash our dishes. If you’ll be using your RV in places where full hookups may not be available, or you just want to conserve water, we would recommend purchasing faucet aerators from the Conservation Warehouse.

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