Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center: Faucet and Showerhead Replacement Project
The Huntington Veterans Administration Medical Center implemented a large retrofit of faucets and showerheads in its 1-South section, which contains offices, clinics, a surgery unit, patient rooms, and laboratories. Conducted in 2007, the retrofit was part of the medical center’s Green Environmental Management Service initiative. New 1.5 gallon per minute (gpm) laminar flow faucets replaced 178 outdated 2.5 gpm models. A laminar flow head delivers tiny side-by-side streams of water that provide a
continuous flow and maintain a low flow rate. Laminar faucets tend to have less splashing and lend a smooth feel to the water. The initiative also converted 33 showerheads from 2.2 gpm to 1.75 gpm models with flow restrictor style heads.