Re: Shower head restrictor
Some people aren't satisfied with a "gentle rain" shower which is all most new showerheads will deliver! Think pressure washer. Somehow, 2.5 GPM just isn't going to cut it. It's not about effectiveness of cleaning, but about how it feels; invigorating you with a thousand needles pelting your skin. It's a mental well-being thing.
The unfortunate thing about limiting showerhead flow rates on a national basis is that it fails to take into account the differing availability of water and fuel resources in different parts of the country. I understand the need for water conservation, especially during drought conditions or on shared systems where conservation can reduce the need for infrastructure expansion. But for those of us in damper regions drawing from underutilized and overstocked aquifers, it really doesn't make any difference to the environment if I use a few extra gallons in my daily shower.
Sure, there is some extra expense in electricity (or gas) for heating the water. But since I get my power from Columbia River hydroelectric dams, the water either goes through the turbines or it goes over the spillway. Might as well get some work out of it. It doesn't make much difference to the fish which path the water takes*, and it's a zero-emission, renewable resource.
As for faucet aerators that limit flow, I don't have a problem with them. The work of washing is done with scrubbing, not with water flow. Once the dirt's loose, it doesn't take much water to wash it away.
P.S. -- I know dams are a hot topic in the environmental movement. I'm referring to the path of the water flow through the dam, not to the existence of the dam itself. Sure, the dams themselves have an effect on migratory fish runs, but the path the water takes through the dam is mostly irrelevant to those same runs.
Last edited by Fencepost; 07-24-2012 at 02:15 AM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.