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story.lead_photo.caption Aerators cut water use by mixing in a high volume of air with the water while still providing a steady flow. (Kohler)

Q: Dear Ed: My present kitchen faucet has a very strong, dense stream of water that splashes when it hits the sink, dishes, my hands, etc. I’m looking for a new kitchen faucet with a nice soft water flow. Any recommendations? — Travis, Arizona

A: With kitchen and bathroom faucets, the first thing you want to do is make sure you follow your local plumbing codes. Many areas require lower flow rates to save water. The good news is you can usually change out just the existing faucet aerator to a water-saving aerator to meet codes.

In most cases, these aerators cut water use by mixing in a high volume of air with the water while still providing a steady flow. A quality high-efficiency aerator can also cut down on splashing due to the softer air/water mix. So if you want to tame the water flow on your existing faucet, try installing a new water-saving aerator.

If you’re looking for a brand-new faucet, manufacturers do make high-efficiency kitchen faucets with the water-saving technology built in.

Bottom line: You can cut down on splashing and save water at the same time by simply installing high-efficiency aerators and faucets.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write [email protected] Always consult local contractors and codes.

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