A touch activated faucet may seem like a gimmick, but Delta’s Touch2O can actually help homeowners drastically reduce household water use – while keeping their kitchens a little cleaner at the same time.
Countless gallons of water are wasted down kitchen drains when faucets are allowed to run freely. But it’s easy to let it happen in the middle of a job like cleaning dishes, when your hands are full or coated in a soapy mess. And just a couple minutes of un-needed faucet flow can waste enough water to fill a 5-gallon water cooler, so a gadget that makes it easier to turn off the tap mid-task will save a ton of water over time.
So how does it work? Once the faucet handle is in the “on” position, simply tapping any portion of the metal handle or spout with a hand or arm switches the water flow on. Another touch switches the water off, and Delta was clever enough to incorporate a safety shut-off after a few minutes of inactivity.
The touch-activation feature helps prevent food cross-contamination as well. Fair enough, you could clean that raw chicken juice off the handle of your old-fashioned faucet after you’ve washed your hands, but Delta’s hands-free faucet is certainly a more elegant solution.
Delta’s Touch2O faucets are available in a variety of styles and finishes. Retail prices start at $430, but you can find them at Amazon for around $330.
(images: Delta Faucet Co.)