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I figure I could use about half (maybe less) the water if it was foot operated.... like some of the water fountains I have seen. I think there are setups for handicap situations too.

Has anyone (off grid with solar water pump for example) who has tried this? I don't know if my savings in hot water alone would pay for it or not.
 
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If they were produced in larger quantities, the savings might pay for it eventually. You would have to do the math for your location and setup. If you rigged something yourself, there might not be a significant cost.

When I worked in a slaughterhouse 15 years ago, we had sinks like that since our hands were often too dirty and slippery to operate the faucet.

They may have been mostly replaced by the ones like the public restrooms use with the motion detectors.
 
                              
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Something like this:   http://www.footfaucet.net/

Here's a few more: http://www.google.com/search?q=foot+operated+water+faucet
 
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Len, could you explain how a foot-operated sink would save water?
I'm assuming that it's to do with not being able to just 'let it run'?
 
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Leila wrote:
Len, could you explain how a foot-operated sink would save water?
I'm assuming that it's to do with not being able to just 'let it run'?



Letting it run because I know I will need it soon, but my hands will be covered with (insert name of offensive stuff here) and I will not be able to turn it on then or off after. Most often in the kitchen, but sometimes bathroom too.
 
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tipafo wrote:
Something like this:   http://www.footfaucet.net/

Here's a few more: http://www.google.com/search?q=foot+operated+water+faucet



$50 to about $400. The $50 one requires a hole in the floor.... and the plumbing to go with it. Our kitchen setup has a pull out centre where I could insert a valve or supply water to. The fancy ones let you control everything by foot.

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They may have been mostly replaced by the ones like the public restrooms use with the motion detectors.



I would like to stay away from motion detectors or any solution that uses power. I also find that motion detectors turn the water off at the exact moment I need it on.... like the detector doesn't see anything right where the water falls.
 
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Extensively used in meat processing facilities, kitchens, hospitals, etc. They're out there. Stainless steel no less.
 
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Extensively used in meat processing facilities, kitchens, hospitals, etc. They're out there. Stainless steel no less.



Ya, I'm finding there is a lot more out there than I thought. A lot of them are more complex than I had imagined too. I had thought setting everything up with the hand controls and then just a valve to turn the water mix off and on. However, in the kitchen we generally use hot or cold... no mix.... so the idea of controlling both hot and cold separately by foot has meaning. The problem with foot control that I see in our house is that it would tend to be all on or off.... even with hand controls it ends up this way.

So what started as a "knee jerk" thought, now requires a lot more thought.
 
              
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pipe your waste sink water to your toilet tank for flushing.

they make those too.
 
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Hey Len , i was reading your old threads , and this one reminded me to look for this device:instant off
Cheap and easy to install, no power needed, continuous flow an option, but not the default.
 
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Sinks operated by foot-pump are (or used to be, when I was a kid) fairly common on older/lower tech sailboats. You may be able to find parts for them at marine swap meets or elsewhere. Ours pumped out of a 30-gal nonpressurized tank when I was a kid, I imagine it wouldn't work too differently with a much larger cistern.
 
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