Trump changes U.S. shower head rules after complaining about his hair – National


As the United States grapples with a deadly coronavirus pandemic and just three months from a crucial election, President Donald Trump is wielding his legislative powers to respond to a personal pet peeve: shower heads.The Trump administration this week proposed new rules that would reverse water-saving measures and increase the pressure on showerheads produced in the United States.

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The proposal comes a month after the president complained at a press conference about washing hair, saying the water was not coming out of his shower head quickly enough.

“So what are you doing? Are you staying there longer or taking a shower longer? he said July 16. “Because my hair – I don’t know about you, but it must be perfect. ”

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Trump has rarely been pictured with his signature headdress out of place. Her few days of bad hair appear to have been caused by the wind, not the downpours.

US President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One on a windy day at Andrews Air Force Base April 5, 2018 near Washington, DC

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The president has also complained in the past about water saving standards around sinks and toilets. In December, for example, he described a titanic struggle to flush the toilet, without providing details.

“People flush the toilet 10 times, 15 times, instead of once,” Trump said in a meeting with small business leaders in the White House.

It’s unclear who he was referring to or what they were trying to dump.

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The existing showerhead standard requires each one to pour no more than 9.4 liters (2.5 gallons) per minute in total, regardless of the number of nozzles they have. This rule was imposed in 1992 during the presidency of George HW Bush and later modified under Barack Obama to apply to multi-nozzle heads.

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The Trump administration’s proposal would allow 9.4 gallons of water to squirt out of each nozzle, rather than the entire shower head.

The Trump administration’s energy department has also proposed simpler standards for clothes washers. The Trump administration says its regulatory reversals save average American households $ 3,100 a year. However, critics say the change would increase homeowners’ water bills due to the increased flow.

A spokesperson for the Department of Energy said the changes are intended to “allow Americans – not Washington bureaucrats – to choose the type of showerhead they have in their homes.”

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Conservation groups have described the changes as unnecessary and unnecessary, especially given the droughts seen along the west coast of the United States in recent years.

Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, said the change would be a loss to energy conservation efforts.

He told The Associated Press that with four or five shower nozzles, “you could have 10, 15 gallons per minute of power from the shower head, literally chasing you out of the bathroom.

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DeLaski and Consumer Reports officials said there had been no public outcry or need for change. The Department of Energy’s database of 12,499 shower heads showed that 74% of them use 7.6 liters (two gallons) or less of water per minute, which is 20% less than the federal standard.

“Frankly, this is silly,” deLaski said. “The country is facing serious problems. We have a pandemic, a severe long-term drought in much of the west. We have global climate change. Shower heads are not one of our problems.

With files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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