Save wa­ter while you shower

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - HOMES -

Q: Dear Ed: I have an old show­er­head that I need to re­place and would like some up-to-date wa­ter flow info. Can you please give me ba­sic in­for­ma­tion on the amount of wa­ter a stan­dard show­er­head uses com­pared to a wa­ter­sav­ing show­er­head? — Tim, Ohio

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 your town and/or state al­lows. This can vary de­pend­ing on where you live, and some ar­eas do have strict wa­ter use codes.

But, 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.

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. Visit ed­del­

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