Shower Systems, Water Conservation and the DOEBy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing a new interpretation of the term “showerhead” in the DOE’s regulations related to the energy conservation program for consumer products.
The proposal will re-define showerheads as shower valves, allowing only a single showerhead using no more than 2.5 gallons per minute of water per showering compartment. Unless challenged, the new definition would take place by June 18. (Source: Supply House Times).
American Standard is all for water conservation and we back many federal, state and local government initiatives, such as the EPA WaterSense program.
This action, however, is a significant step backwards from everything we now know about safe bathing for people of all ages, heights and abilities. Smart shower systems designed by experienced professionals have controls for different showerheads in the same shower enclosure, set at different heights for children, aging-in-place and universal accessibility.
The new definition also threatens to increase costs to build schools and other institutions that require multiple showering areas, since separate shower valves will be required for every showerhead.
Professor Toilet urges everyone to contact the DOE re: Docket No. EERE-2010-BT-NOA-0016
2. Send an email.
3. Write to: Docket No. EERE-2010-BT-NOA-0016, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20585
PS: Professor Toilet would prefer to see government action along the lines of “cash for flushers.” (Of course, the Professor brings it back to toilets.) Water conservation rebates implemented in many cities and counties around the nation have encouraged many homeowners to replace old water wasters with toilets that perform better on less water.