The Biden Energy Department has begun the process of reversing yet another rule from the Trump Administration. This time, it involves shower heads.
The new regulations being discussed will likely go back to the Obama-era limits of no more than 2.5 gallons flowing through a shower head per minute, regardless of how many nozzles it has. There will be a public hearing on the rules change in August.
The National Energy Act, prior to Trump’s action, required that shower head manufacturers installs flow restrictors in shower heads. For those living in areas with low water pressure, the flow restrictor can end up leaving a mere drizzle of water foaming from the shower head. People can remove those restrictors if they know how.
The previous shower head rule was an example of government over-regulation that annoyed former President Donald Trump. In his administration’s set of regulatory rollbacks, energy standards for clothes washers and dryers were also relaxed. Those rules were just finalized in December.
The Department of Energy will hold a webinar on the proposed change on from 1-4 pm on Aug. 31.