Fortunately I am not vain, so that I can still post this terrible picture of myself. I am proudly holding the government-mandated flow restrictor I just removed from my most recent shower head purchase. I don't buy any shower head until I make sure it has a removable restrictor.
The Federal laws restricting shower head flows have got to be among the dumbest on the books. Some thoughts:
- Water is not equally scarce everywhere. So why is everyone required to conserve? Why is the ideal flow rate the same in Seattle as in Phoenix?
- Government policy for over a century has been to promote subsidized water prices that don't reflect its true scarcity (particularly to farmers). Then, having guaranteed overuse via its pricing actions, the government then implements silly laws like this to try to offset the harm from its meddling in prices.
- We have a lawn in Phoenix that needs constant watering and a pool that evaporates so fast in the summer one can almost see the water level dropping. But the state's priority is to knock of a few gallons of water use from my shower.
- With the low flow shower heads, it takes me three times longer to get the soap and shampoo off of me than with a full-flow head. So we cut the water rate by half, but extend shower times by three. And this helps, how? And don't even get me started on low-flow toilets
- The last three hotel rooms I have stayed in have had double shower heads, to make up the lost flow from wimpy government-approved single heads. This process of cutting back on how much a single head can flow and then adding extra heads is incredibly dumb and wasteful.
- I suspect this is all secret revenge from some English expat that wanted US showers to be as bad as those in Britain.