After Trump Complaint, Feds Plan to Change Shower Rules

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2020

Weeks after President Trump complained that showers aren't strong enough, the Department of Energy has unveiled plans to loosen a 28-year-old energy law.

"They take a shower, the water comes dripping out, it's dripping out very quietly, people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once, they end up using more water", Mr Trump said. "So what do you do?" You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? "Because my hair-I don't know about you, but it has to be ideal", he said. The proposed change to energy-saving regulations introduced in 1992 would alter the definition of a showerhead to allow each nozzle, instead of the entire showerhead, to pour a maximum of 2.5 gallons of water per minute.

So when you think of the words "Donald Trump" and "Hair", you probably don't think of anything good.

President Donald Trump listens during an event called "Kids First: Getting America's Children Safely Back to School" in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington.

David Friedman, vice president of advocacy at the organization Consumer Reports and a former Energy Department official, said there was no need to change the rules because tests show today's shower heads "achieve high levels of customer satisfaction", while saving money.

Conservation groups argue that the change would create unnecessary waste of both water and energy, meaning it would cost consumers more in the long run.

"Frankly it's silly", deLaski said.

ANDREW DELASKI: Showerheads are not a serious problem that deserves the president's attention or, for that matter, anyone's attention right now, because we've got bigger problems to be focused on. You don't have to change national water conservation policy to address any one person's problem.

Officials at the industry group Plumbing Manufacturers International did not respond to a request for comment. "You want to wash your hands, the water doesn't come out", the president said.

DeLaski said he has had a hard time understanding the president's shower concerns.

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