Old Uncle Joe’s administration has plans to fall back to an Obama-era shower-head policy that was relaxed by former President Donald Trump, which was a move that Trump suggested would help stop a significant number of Americans from needlessly taking longer showers, including himself.
The regulation concerning showers dates back to a law from 1992 that stipulates that no showerhead cannot deliver “more than 2.5 gallons per minute at a flowing water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch,” as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The aforementioned law, the U.S. Energy Policy Act, also sought to establish a series of minimum efficiency standards for other household water fixtures, I.E. Faucets.
Back in 2010, the Obama administrations’ self-proclaimed energy efficiency “zealot,” Steven Chu, seemed to start pursuing his own skewed view of the law that he said stipulated that multiple nozzle shower heads counted as one single showerhead when added together. As a result, the Obama admin’s final interpretation of the legislation made it so that the water that was sent out of each nozzle could not add up to an amount greater than two and a half gallons per minute in its entirety.
This reading of the law was later put under a harsh spotlight and scrutinized by Trump, whose own Department of Energy determined late this past year, that each nozzle could, individually, spray up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute and still be in compliance with the legislation.
As part of a series of remarks made at the White House this past summer, Trump fired shots at the Obama admin’s view of the shower rule and questioned the entire efficacy of the policy in general.
“You take a shower, the water doesn’t come out,” stated Trump. “You wash your hands, the water doesn’t come out. 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 perfect. Perfect.”
“They take a shower and water comes dripping out,” stated Trump back in 2019, in a series of separate comments concerning the water efficiency standards. “Just dripping out, very quietly dripping out. People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once, they end up using more water.”
The new change to this shower head policy put in place by Trump took effect officially this past December. but now, however, as part of the latest bout in this decade-long battle, Old Uncle Joe’s administration is seeking to every back to the Obama-era interpretation.