New Water Regulations Will Change the Way You Shower

Get ready to say goodbye to water wasting shower heads

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What the regulations mean

Enforcement of the federal energy and water use regulations is changing the way we all shower. For some, having the government force their way into our bathrooms may seem like a violation of our principal right to lather up.

The multi-nozzle shower head that once adorned the walls of new homes and spas across America is getting flushed down the drain, literally. According to the regulations, the proposed measure would require a shower head to deliver no more than 2.5 gallons per minute (2.0 gallons per minute in some states). With this said, water wasting shower heads have been banned - opening up the door for more energy efficient models to take front and center stage.

When people hear this they automatically assume that with the new water regulations we will be forced to purchase toilets that barely flush, faucets that trickle and the powerful shower we all love will eventually turn into a small mist. Not true. These days, there are so many ultra-low-flow fixtures that conserve even more water and energy without compromising performance.

Conservation Without Compromise

The EPA’s WaterSense program labels ultra-low-flow, highly water-efficient plumbing fixtures that have been independently tested and certified to meet efficiency and performance standards. For instance, companies like Waterpik® deliver both. Their EcoFlow® line of shower heads, has earned the WaterSense label and demonstrated that it uses no more than 2.0 gpm and provides a powerful shower that doesn't sacrifice a great shower experience.


Regardless of whether you are focusing on the bathroom or other areas of your home it makes “sense” to choose energy efficient fixtures. You’ll ultimately save thousands of gallons of water a year and decrease your household expenses overall.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Fix leaks
  • Add a water-saving aerator or flow restrictor to existing faucets
  • Look for buzzwords like dual flush, low flow, pressure assisted, or a WaterSense label

  • At the end of the day, you’re not only protecting the environment, but also putting more money in your wallet. To me…that is powerful!