If you choose a new showerhead that uses less than the standard 2.5 gallons per minute, you can pick up additional water savings, depending on how low you go.
Q: I am replacing my old showerhead and want my new showerhead to save some water. Even though I want to conserve water, I do enjoy a good shower. Can you please give me some tips on choosing a new conservation showerhead?
A: Conventional showerheads use 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). So, if you choose a new showerhead that uses less than 2.5 gpm, you can pick up additional water savings, depending on how low you go.
A popular conservation choice is 2 gpm. While this flow change may be a little lower, new technology can improve performance to offset any low-flow concerns. New conservation advances can include:
• Easy-to-clean shower nozzles so the new showerhead can continue to operate as designed;
• Wide-face spray head so the water covers your body vs. a small targeted spray area;
• Air-injected technology that infuses every drop of water with air for a big shower feel that will blow you away.
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