In most cases, new technology can allow you to enjoy a rain shower at home while still meeting local water-flow codes.

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Q: We’re building a new house soon and want to include a rain head shower stall in our bathroom. With all the water-conservation rules, is this still possible? If so, can you please go over some basic tips for installing this style of shower?

A: With water restrictions in many areas of the country, the first step is to check with your inspectors to make sure you follow your local water-use codes. Also, most rain head showers are piped down from the ceiling, so make sure you have the headroom in your bathroom.

I’ve found that in most cases, new technology can allow you to enjoy a nice rain shower while still meeting local water-flow codes. In place of extra water to produce a drenching rainstorm feeling, new air-induction technology is available. Air induction mixes air with water to produce large water droplets, giving the user a comfortable water-saving raindrop experience.

These systems can be pricey, so expect to pour out a little money if you want to upgrade to a rain head shower.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.