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Shower Plumbing:Low Flow Showerhead


shower problemsWe have all been in the shower on a cold night basking in the warmth of the hot water...as it runs down the drain of your shower plumbing. It might feel good, but it sure wastes a lot of water. Shower heads can't exceed a per minute gallon volume of 2.5 gallons. Well many manufacturers have gone well below that, although they sure don't feel as good as 2.5 gallons per minute.

I recently bought a 1.6 gallon per minute shower head and it sure is stingy with the water. You know how most shower heads have a ring of holes around the perimeter? Well this on has one large hole in the middle of it. As it runs you can hear a loud "whirring" of what I imagine is a propeller of some sort. This shower head doesn't really spray water on you, rather it spits it on you. That sure doesn't feel as good as a spray.

I do like it for one reason though. If my teenager takes her usual 30 minute shower, I save approximately 27 gallons of water... each night. Assuming she showers nightly, 27 gallons x 365 days =9,855 gallon of water saved each year. I pulled a recent water bill, and with the water company's tiered pricing based on consumption, the water company charged me an average of $1.94 per 1,000 gallons of water. So, if I multiply my 9,855 gallons I saved by the cost of the water, I saved $19.11. Since I only paid $15.00 for the shower head, my break-even was about 10 months.

Of course, in my shower I still have the 2.5 gallon shower head...I like the feeling of the spray.


I wanted to send you a quick note because I read what you wrote about water conservation here (http://www.pro-handyman.com/Pro-Handyman-Blog/bid/31384/Shower-Plumbing-Low-Flow-Showerhead). 
I just finished helping to create an infographic about how much fresh water goes into things we do and consume. The idea is to bring a little extra awareness to what our every day impact is.  
Some of the information was pretty surprising! I had no idea just how much water is needed to produce some of the foods I eat...  
Anyway, after reading what you wrote, I thought you might like to use the infographic on Pro Handyman. 
It's totally free to use, of course. If you do use it, please link back to the original source so anyone else that would like to use it can too. 
The infographic is here in the original post link: http://www.lochnesswatergardens.com/pondblog/how-much-water/ 
~ Mel 
Melanie Palmero, Loch Ness Water Gardens 
Tel: (864) 538-0022 | Mobile: (404) 384-7268 
melanie@lochnesswatergardens.com |www.LochNessWaterGardens.com
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 1:03 AM by Melanie
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