"Consumer Reports states that the British-made Hudson Reed Theme
Thermostatic Shower Panel had a forceful spray that "seemed too good to be
true-or legal." Environmental Protection Agency regulations limit shower
head water flow to no more than 2.5 gallons per minute. Consumer Reports
acknowledges that many shower fixtures get around this rule by using several
shower heads, but the magazine decided to report the new single-head fixture
to authorities, anyway."
Yes, I find the same thing. I think the folks who complain about the
restrictors are mostly in places with poor water pressure. Since the
restrictors flow is dependent on water pressure if you have lower than
"standard" water pressure you are getting much less than the rated max
flow. Water here runs about 70 PSI consistently, so shower heads with
restrictors work fine. If you get say 50 PSI you should probably remove
the restrictor or at least drill it a size larger to compensate.
Whenever I use lye soap on my body, I hear the little screams
of critters as they die and fall off my body. The little high
pitched glub glub sound they make as they are washed down the
drain is particularly disturbing.
I don't have a restrictor head, even though I should as I live in a
drought-stricken area (California), but I have something that saves even
more water: a shower head with a shutoff valve. Simple, cheap (I think I
paid $7-8 for it at a hardware store). Besides, I need it since I've got
a teeny-tiny water heater (20 gal. electric). It allows me to take
normal showers without worrying about running out of hot water. Just get
wet, shut the water off and apply soap. (I think these are sometimes
sold under the name "Soap-up" or some such.)
These oughta be required on all showers. No need to leave all that water
running while you lather up. (Same as running water while you brush your
teeth: pure waste.)
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
Speaking of wasted water....
There's a >70 foot (23 m) run between my water heater
and the master bathroom. It takes 30 seconds or so to
bring the hot water up to temperature, even on a cold
morning. However, I measured about a gallon and a half
of water wasted down the drain, at least twice a day.
I was thinking about equipping the end of the hot water
plumbing with a timed 'hot water' solenoid valve that
would re-direct this 'warming' water into a tank outside,
on the push of a button. Conceivably, I could fill a
55 gallon tank in 18 days or so.
I could use that for my garden or to wash my
car using a solar powered pump, for example.
I live in a very temperate desert climate, so I'm not
too concerned about freezing.
I heard that it was illegal to make use of 'grey water'
so I certainly don't want to run afoul of the law in
case this qualifies, in some way.
Your thoughts, please?
I don't see how it qualifies as gray water. Using it is far better than
My run is considerably shorter, but aside from the shower, I don't wait for
the hot water to wash my hands or similar uses, but I don't want to step
into a shower not properly set.
check out this system
pumps the cold water in the hot water line into the cold water line at
point of use until the hot water arrives.
thus no water is wasted waiting for hot water to arrive
I think they sell them at Home Depot ~$180...easy to install
"Whenever I travel or for my own use, I remove the flow
from the shower head. I carry my own shower head with me. I may
wind up on the FBI's most wanted list. *snicker* "
I was wondering if there are various types of flow
restrictors, and what's the best way to get rid of them?
I have an old Speakman shower head at home, with NO
restrictions. Anything else seems like a dribbling faucet to me.
Some just pop out, as they are a disk with a hole in them. I have a Shower
Saver head that does a nice job I have no idea what the flow rate is, but
the town gave them out many years ago so I'm sure it has some sort of
restriction. More important than flow is the pattern.
I've seen high flow heads that were terrible as well as terrible low
the Kohler Forte is great shower head independent of the fact its a
low flow unit
best of both worlds
I switched to them in all my shower
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