The Biden administration Energy Department has reversed a Trump-era rule that rolled back restrictions on water flow in showers.
The rule change, which came Tuesday, effectively reinstated an Obama-era policy that capped showerhead water flow at 2.5 gallons every minute.
“The new rule restores 2013 regulations on how much water can be carried through showerheads. Under the earlier rule, the entire shower was considered under rules restricting flow to 2.5 gallons per minute,” The Hill reported.
“The Trump revision changed the definition of ‘showerhead’ to every nozzle in a single product, meaning a single shower fixture could carry two or three times the previous limit in some cases,” the outlet added.
Back in the summer of 2020, then-President Donald Trump expressed displeasure at how much water was coming out of showerheads.
“You take a shower, the water doesn’t come out,” Trump said at the time, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“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,” the then-president said.
In a statement, Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Ben Lieberman lambasted the new Biden administration rule change.
It’s consumers, not the government, who ought to decide what kind of showers to take, according to Lieberman.
“Consumers should be able to decide for themselves what kind of showers they buy and use, and do so free from regulatory constraints,” he said.
“People don’t need the government to protect them from too much water in the shower, they can simply turn the knob down,” the statement added.
According to The Washington Post, showerhead flow has been capped since at least 1994.
“Since 1994, federal law has capped flow from a shower head to 2.5 gallons of water per minute. After manufacturers started producing more luxurious shower fixtures with more than one nozzle, the Obama administration amended the rule so that the same limit applied to the entire fixture,” the outlet reported.