Metering Faucets: Environmentally Friendly and Economical
Metering faucets are self-closing taps that shut off after dispensing a specific amount of water for a pre-set period. They provide users with a more sanitary handwashing facility primarily used in healthcare and public restrooms. As sterile handwashing is one of the most critical code requirements in the food industry, these self-closing faucets are widespread in commercial kitchens, too.
How Do Metering Faucets Work?
Self-closing faucets have a push-button on the handle. When you tap on this button, you actuate the built-in cartridge, which no longer blocks the water flow into the spout. After dispensing a pre-determined volume of water, it closes automatically. The cartridge allows you to adjust the water flow cycle, the amount of water at each cycle, and the temperature. The default flow cycle is usually 5-10 seconds. FDA handwashing guidelines dictate that a metering faucet provides water for a minimum of 15 seconds without the need to reactivate.
Standard Features of Metering Faucets
These push-button faucets are a requirement in public facilities, so they have a straightforward design. Metering faucets have a standard or low-arc rigid spout. Installation of a metering tap is not different from that of a regular faucet. However, you can choose from deck-mount or splash/wall mount styles. Their function is chiefly limited to handwashing. Touch-button operation and self-closing assure more sterile cleaning of hands. Since they turn off when not in use, metering faucets can conserve gallons of water in the long run, and this efficiency makes them more preferable in high-traffic businesses and public buildings. The vandal-proof one-piece construction and modest prices of metering faucets make them more popular than their touchless electric counterparts.