The Sharon Water Department encourages homeowners to upgrade showerheads as a way to save water, and offers free WaterSense labeled showerheads to residents.
Upgrading to an efficient WaterSense labeled showerhead will not only save water, but save the energy it takes to heat the water.
The average showerhead flows at 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm).
WaterSense labeled models (2.2 gpm or less) will conserve water without a noticeable reduction in performance.
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:
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.
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.