California Restricts Showerhead Flow
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The California Energy Commission issued new rules about how much water can flow through a showerhead. Beginning July 2016, new showerheads in California will be limited to 2.0 gallons per minute. The rate will be further reduced to 1.8 gallons in July 2018. The current rate was established at the federal level in 1994 and restricts showers to 2.5 gallons per minute. Additionally, residential bathroom faucets will be restricted to 1.2 gallons a minutes, down from 2.2 gallons.
Bathroom faucets and showerheads are responsible for approximately one-third of indoor residential water use. Showerhead reductions will save an estimated 38 billion gallons of water per year by 2029 and the faucet restrictions will save an estimated 154 billion gallons over the first 10 years.