The Biden administration will revert to an Obama-era shower-head policy that former President Donald Trump relaxed last year, a move Trump had suggested would prevent a number of Americans from needlessly taking longer showers, himself included.
The shower regulation dates back to a 1992 law that stipulates that a showerhead cannot deliver “more than 2.5 gallons per minute at a flowing water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch,” according to The Wall Street Journal. The law, the U.S. Energy Policy Act, also established minimum efficiency standards for other household water fixtures, such as faucets.
But in 2010, Steven Chu, the Obama administration’s self-described energy efficiency “zealot,” started pursuing an interpretation of the law stipulating that multiple nozzles counted as one showerhead. As such, the Obama administration’s eventual interpretation made it so that the water coming out of each nozzle could not add up to more than 2.5 gallons per minute in total.
This interpretation of the law was later questioned by