Green business, green careers and job training
Solutions that build smart communities with green careers and sustainable businesses!

Save on Career Education through Lorman Education

Our readers are offered a discount on Lorman seminars and courses. Check out their business, management and legal offers at this link to qualify for our discounts. They also offer green business training opportunities. Please visit for a complete listing of courses. Register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.
Home > By DEPARTMENTS > Green Operations > Standard Operating Procedures for Green and Sustainable Business Operations > Water Efficiency

Pre-Rinse Kitchen Sprayer

Kitchen faucets are the most heavily used water source in restaurant kitchens and pre-rinse sprayers can save water and money

Find green business solutions
High-Velocity, high-efficiency dishwashing pre-rinse sprayers are convenient cost savers.

The amount of hot water used to pre-rinse dishes is significant. By replacing old, high volume sprayers with a high-velocity, more efficient model, a typical restaurant can save from $500 to $1,000 annually in water, sewer and energy costs.

Kitchen faucets are the most heavily used water source in restaurant kitchens. A new generation of pre-rinse sprayers is equipped with automatic shut-off valves at the hose head (to supply water only when needed) and designed to provide a powerful spray. While conventional faucets have typical flow rates of 2.5 to 4.0 gallons per minute (gpm), there are now water efficient spray valves that supply from 1.6 to 2.65 gpm at 80 psi. These devices save not only water and associated wastewater treatment expenses, but also the energy used to heat water.

Save Time: average cleaning time with a high-efficiency sprayer is 8% less

The new, high-velocity sprayer uses less hot water - only 1.6 gallons per minute, compared to 2 to 6 gallons per minute with standard valves. A standardized test at the Food Service Technology Center showed the average cleaning time is 8 percent less than for conventional pre-rinse valves. The added velocity helps to do a better job ... and faster!

The California Urban Water Conservation Council has a Pre-Rinse Spray Valves website. Among the resources on the website is a chart, "Spray Valve Utility Savings," that shows potential water, wastewater, and energy savings for restaurants using varying amounts of water. The website also contains performance criteria (see "Valve Specifications") for valves certified for installation under the statewide spray valve replacement program.

Low-Flow Pre-Rinse Spray Valves

A low-flow pre-rinse spray valve is one of the easiest and most cost effective energy saving devices available to the foodservice operator.

In addition to minimizing water consumption, water heating energy and sewer charges are also reduced. The FSTC recommends a pre-rinse spray valve with a flow rate of 1.6 gallons per minute or less

Suppliers of Pre-Rinse Kitchen Sprayers

  • Bricor
  • Encor
  • Fisher
  • Krowne
  • Niagara
  • Strahman
  • T&S
  • Zurn
The FSTC has supported the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC) to actively promote low-flow pre-rinse spray valves through its Rinse & Save program.

To calculate your savings with pre-rense sprayers, use the online Pre-Rinse Spray Valve / Water Cost Calculator

The Federal Government has also issued guidelines for its facilities when purchasing pre-rinse spray valves. These guidelines, published by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) can be followed by any facility interested in energy efficiency and conservation.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
Green Solution Providers
Green companies directory
your green solutions - business, nonprofit, government program.
It's free.
| water conservation | restaurant |

Share in Social Media

Sign Up For News & Information
Subscribe to our free solutions newsletter
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

Read prior issues: California GreenLines

Search For Green Solutions

Custom Search
Green Career Center
Green Job Wizard
Career Certifications Directory

green job training certifications
Green Biz Center
Solutions For Green
Directory of Green Companies

Solutions for Alternative Energy

rose in natural systems
Green Living Center
Solutions for Green: Consumers

Solutions for Remodeling

Backyard Nature Center


"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe

Related Articles

Energy Generation Uses
Natural Resources | Water

Managing Black, Brown and Greywater

When it Rains, it Pours Stormwater -- in Los Angeles

Related Green Resources

Marcom Tips
Interactive & Video Tips

Career Resources

We encourage lifelong learning to support sustainable communities and provide these select resources to help you pursue green and sustainable self-development:

Lorman Business Training Directory of On-line Business and Compliance Classes

Green Job Wizard Job and Career Certifications Directory

Job & Career Resources

Sales & Marketing
Human Resources

Green Economy

Business Sectors
Natural Resources

Solutions For Green

About Us ~ Privacy Policy
Contact Us ~ Home

Text Link Ads

AD: Place your link here


We help you green your career, workplace and community by connecting you to quality green, sustainable and high performance resources. California Green Solutions focuses attention on effective solutions that sustain our natural systems. You can support our editorial work by supporting our advertisers and spreading the word about best practices and green solutions.
California Green Solutions is a publication of Carolyn Allen ~ Copyright ©2006-2030 Carolyn Allen

B2B | Job Certifications | Alternative Energy | Events | Green Directory | LED Lights | Remodeling |
CONSUMERS | Backyard Nature | Senior Health | MultiMedia Marketing | Marketing | Networking Events | Japan |