The shower is a place where we can wake up, wind down, or clean up after a long day. But did you know it’s also a place where we are wasting water, energy, and money?
By many accounts, showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of all residential indoor water use, or about 30 gallons per household per day.
It also takes energy to heat the water coming to your shower, so upgrading to an efficient WaterSense labeled showerhead, will not only save water, but save energy.
Before 1992, showerheads had flow rates of 5-8 gpm. If you have pre-1992 fixtures, you might consider replacing them with more water efficient models.
The Sharon Water Department encourages homeowners to upgrade showerheads as a way to save resources, and offers free WaterSense labeled showerheads to residents.
Please visit or call the Sharon Water Department, 781-784-1525 x2315, during regular business hours for more information.
All WaterSense labeled showerhead models have been independently certified to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for water efficiency, force, and flow.
How to determine whether you should replace a showerhead:
The average showerhead flows at 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). To determine your showerhead’s gpm flow:
1. Place a gallon bucket under your showerhead.
2. Turn on the shower at your typical water pressure.
3. Time how many seconds it takes to fill the bucket.
If it takes less than 20 seconds to fill the bucket, you could benefit from a new showerhead. For maximum water efficiency, select a showerhead with a flow rate of less than 2.2 gpm.