How to Make Foot Taps to Conserve Water

A lot of water is wasted when shaving, brushing or washing utensils at the sink because both hands are occupied. Using a simple DIY foot operated tap lets you control the flow of water. Before you start on the project, observe how much water can be saved if you could control the flow at the sink. It is a great motivator.

Steps

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    The tap is a modified flush tank cistern float valve (PREFERABLY PLASTIC). These can be bought at most hardware or plumbing supply stores. Any make will do as long as the inlet and outlet are suitably located.
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    Make a 'L' bracket out of 16# sheet metal. Drill appropriate holes to mount the float valve. Cut or unscrew the float ball.
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    Make a foot pad out of sheet metal and fix it to the lever as shown.
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    Disconnect existing inlet pipe to the sink at the tap.
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    Connect this to the inlet valve of the foot-tap. Purchase an additional length of connecting pipe and use this to connect the outlet of the foot-tap to the tap of the sink.
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    Keep the sink tap open always. Press on the foot-tap with your feet to control the water. See how much water is saved.

Tips

  • Not all ball valves have the same configuration shown. Make necessary modifications in design to make it functional.

Warnings

  • Be careful when using hacksaw blades for cutting the plastic parts.
  • Drilling holes in sheet metal needs secure clamping of the job.

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Categories: Water Conservation Solutions