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Dept. of Energy Condemns Golden Showers

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Energy has plumbed the depths of energy standards and snaked out a 1992 federal law requiring showerheads to deliver no more than 2.5 gallons per minute at a flowing water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch. With a few exceptions, the majority of showerhead manufacturers were able to meet those standards, but what the DOE now defines as "showerhead" could place many manufacturers at risk of being fined. The Journal's Stephen Power writes:

For years, the term "showerhead" in federal regulations was understood by many manufacturers to mean a device that directs water onto a bather. Each nozzle in a shower was considered separate and in compliance if it delivered no more than the 2.5-gallon maximum. But in May, the DOE said a "showerhead" may incorporate "one or more sprays, nozzles or openings." Under the new interpretation, all nozzles would count as a single showerhead and be deemed noncompliant if, taken together, they exceed the 2.5 gallons-a-minute maximum.

But us regular folk who relax under the jets of eight or more strategically aimed showerheads aren't at risk yet. DOE's general counsel Scott Blake Harris says that while our aqua-therapy may be removed from our catalogs, they won't be taken away from our homes. He also claims that 95% of homes are already using energy-compliant showers, but what about those who are on the brink of a $500,000 bathroom overhaul? Has he no shame?

Goodbye, Raindance Imperial 600 AIR. Your 24-inch spray face and 358 no-clog channels truly washed away the irritation of conducting massive layoffs.
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