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Trump administration has proposed new showerhead rules.

Trump administration has proposed to change the regulatory definition of the showerhead.

Trump administration has proposed to change the regulatory definition of the showerhead. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed to amend the existing test procedure for showerheads to revise the definition of a showerhead on August 13, 2020. The early version of federal law had dictated that new showerheads shouldn't pour more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute (9.5 liters). Even the Obama administration defined that if showerheads had multiple nozzles, no more than 2.5 gallons total should come out between all. But, the new rule would allow each nozzle to spray as much as 2.5 gallons, not just the overall showerhead, and it would enable showerheads to boost water pressure. The DOE plan followed comments from Trump in July 2020. Trump said that he believed water does not come out fast enough from fixtures.

However, some of the experts like Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, and David Friedman, vice president of Consumer Reports, criticized the move. They say it is silly and that there is no need to change the rules because tests show today's showerheads achieve high levels of customer satisfaction while saving money.

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