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Saving Water While You Shower

Magazine article Sunset

Saving Water While You Shower

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Hit the showers just a little differently and you can cut the water you use while showering by more than 50 percent. And you won't just save water; you'll also save the energy it takes to heat it. The following steps should significantly reduce your shower's water consumption. We also picture a water-conserving option for your kitchen sink. First, restrict the shower flow The easiest step is to install a low-flow shower head, or place a flow-restricting washer in an existing head. These reduce maximum flow to about 2 to 3 gallons per minute (older fixtures shoot out water at a rate of 5 to 8 gallons per minute). Low-flow heads are required on most new construction throughout the West, and many cities are making sure that less efficient heads are replaced. In Los Angeles, if you sell your house, a licensed plumber or retrofitter must inspect it and certify that low-flow heads are in place. The city of San Jose sent the head shown at lower left in the photograph above to all of its residential water users. …

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