High-efficiency air-infused showerheads mix air and water to create a comfortable water-saving experience.

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Q: I have an old showerhead that I need to replace and would like some water-flow info. Can you please give me basic information on the amount of water a standard showerhead uses compared to a water-saving showerhead?

A: If you need to replace your old washed-up showerhead, first check with your local building inspectors to find out the maximum showerhead water flow that your town and/or state allows. This can vary depending on where you live, and some areas have strict water-use codes.

In many places, standard showerheads can use 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), and water-saving showerheads will naturally use less than that. A popular water-flow choice for a high-efficiency showerhead is 1.5 gpm.

If you go that low, I recommend you look for a showerhead with air-infused technology. High-efficiency air-infused showers mix air and water together to create comfortable puffed-up shower drops that in turn can help drop your shower water usage.


Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.