Ah, I see. The post I initially agreed with talked about "turning the water off when you're not actively rinsing something," so I thought it was implied.
It was in yours, but not in WillyNilly's:
I have never had a double sink or known anyone in real life with one. Nor have I ever known a non-professional sink to be filled with water to wash dishes.
To use a single sink, you just neatly stack the dishes in the sink, soap up sponge and run the water. You rinse, wipe/scrub the dish with the sponge, then rinse under running water, and put in dish rack, then move to the next dish and repeat.
ETA: for dishes that need soaking - you just leave those lined up under the running water and wash last.
The bolded especially made me think she washed the dishes under running water rather than turning the water on and off, so I appreciated her explanation that that wasn't the case.
No that is the case, the water is running while I wash dishes, unless i'm scrubbing something. But dishes take a few mere seconds to wash each. So its:
Pile dishes up in a logical order
* Turn on water - not full blast, just a reasonable trickle
* Wet sponge & soap it
* Pick up dish and under water wipe with soapy sponge under running water (1-4 seconds), allowing the run-off (which is soapy water) to run onto dishes in the sink
* 1-2 seconds of clear water to rinse
* Put that dish to dry and move onto the next dish.
The whole sink worth is cleaned in less then 10 minutes, usually less then 5, and while yes the water was running, it was always being used. Its not just running randomly down the drain at any point without any purpose. The amount of water used total would not fill my sink even halfway full if it was stopped up so its certainly significantly less water then the method of filling two sinks with several inches of water. The water is running but its being used every moment. Much like how a shower uses significantly less water then a bath.
If I have to scrub something I would turn off the running water, but that's a rare occurrence. Usually I'd just let it soak (in the soapy run-off water because I would have put it in the sink prior to doing dishes so it caught the water) and then after an hour (or longer if necessary) it washes quickly using the water that already in it, and then just get's rinsed.