After Trump Complains About His Hair Not Being ‘Perfect,’ Energy Department Changes National Shower Faucet Pressure Law
President Donald Trump remains on his lifelong quest for “perfect hair,” and the U.S. Department of Energy has met him halfway. On Wednesday, the Energy Department responded to the president’s January pledge to “get rid of the restrictors” on water flow or low-pressure faucets, from toilets to shower heads, which the president has repeatedly blamed for damaging his “perfect hair.”
I cannot believe I have to say this: the federal government should not be changing our country’s water efficiency standards because Donald Trump is having problems washing his hair. https://t.co/twHtj6zK8S
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) August 13, 2020
The Energy Department’s new regulation would alter the definition of a “shower head.” It would be changed so that manufacturers can wiggle out of the 2.5 gallon cap on water flow per minute.
“We’re bringing back consumer choice in home appliances so that you can buy washers and dryers, shower heads and faucets. So shower heads – you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. 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,” Trump remarked on the White House South Lawn during a press briefing in July.
Showers are just one part of a series of proposed rollbacks on regulations limiting household water use. The Department plans on slashing regulations for washing machines and dishwashers.
Since 1992, federal law has dictated that new shower heads shouldn’t pour more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute as the country moved to more efficiency and cost savings.
During the Obama administration, when multiple shower nozzles inside a single shower became trendy, the administration revised the shower head restrictions to the total amount of water each nozzle emits. So if there are four nozzles then no more than 2.5 gallons total should flow between all four shower attachments.
The Energy Department’s new proposal Wednesday would enable each nozzle to spray as much as 2.5 gallons per minute.