Editorial: Your showerhead can now blast away

The Lima News

Arguably, Donald Trump’s biggest accomplishment as president was the successful appointment of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

We use that term “arguably” because some of you may now be thanking the president for something that has a more immediate impact on your life. As reported Wednesday by the Associated Press, the Trump administration has been able to relax a government regulation that restricts water flow from showerheads.

The president explained his pet peeve last summer.

“You take a shower, the water doesn’t come out,” he told the AP. “You want to 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.”

For 28 years, only 2.5 gallons of water a minute has been allowed to pour out of showerheads. When newer shower fixtures came out with multiple nozzles, the Obama administration stepped in an updated the ruling, stating that 2.5 gallons was still the limit regardless of how many nozzles were running.

The Energy Department changed that ruling Tuesday, saying each showerhead can now emit 2.5 gallons a minute.

Chalk it up to The Donald.

He’s right on this one. Uncle Sam has no right to restrict the water usage of you or your neighbor when you take a shower. Same goes for washing your clothes. The Energy Department also changed that Tuesday. It issued a ruling that sets no limits on energy or water use for new washers and dryers with short cycle times in their “normal” setting.

You won’t convince the Natural Resources Defense Council this is a victory for America, however. It said the change comes at a time when areas of the country are increasingly subject to extended droughts and can’t afford to waste water through unnecessary regulatory loopholes like the one just created by DOE.”


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