The White House wants to change regulations so showers spray more water, addressing a personal Trump grievance over needing more water to wash his hair

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President Donald Trump at the White House on July 19, 2019. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images
  • The Trump administration is proposing regulatory changes that would allow showers to pump out more water.
  • President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about getting too little water from his shower. He said he needed a lot for his hair to be “perfect.”
  • Current rules limit a shower to a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons a minute to conserve water. The new rules would allow showers to pump many times that by adding extra nozzles.
  • Andrew deLaski, the head of the energy-conservation group Appliance Standards Awareness Project, said the proposals were “silly.”
  • “We’ve got a pandemic, serious long-term drought throughout much of the West,” he said. “We’ve got global climate change. Showerheads aren’t one of our problems.”
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The Trump administration is moving to change regulations so showers can spray more water, addressing a long-held annoyance of President Donald Trump, who says he needs more water to wash his hair.

The Department of Energy proposed revisions on Wednesday to regulations that dictate how much water a showerhead can release each minute.

They would loosen a rule, introduced to conserve water, that limits showers to release a maximum of 2.5 gallons of water a minute.

Trump has previously expressed public grievances about the flow of shower water.

He said on the White House lawn in July that he didn’t get enough water to wash his hair properly.

“So showerheads – you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn’t come out,” he said, per the Associated Press.

“So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair – I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect.”

Existing shower regulations began in 1992, when a rule was introduced that a showerhead should not release more than 2.5 gallons, or 9.5 litres, of water a minute, the AP reported.

The Obama administration tightened its definition, applying the 2.5 limit to the entire shower instead. The move was most likely a response to multiheaded showers becoming more common.

Under Trump’s new plan, the 2.5-gallon limit would again apply to each showerhead. A shower with two heads could release 5 gallons a minute, and one with four could release 10.

Andrew deLaski, the executive director of Appliance Standards Awareness Project, an energy-conservation group, told the AP “you could have 10, 15 gallons per minute powering out of the showerhead, literally probably washing you out of the bathroom.”

He called the proposed changes “silly.”

“The country faces serious problems. We’ve got a pandemic, serious long-term drought throughout much of the West. We’ve got global climate change. Showerheads aren’t one of our problems.”

He said water and conservation limits, like the one on showerheads, saved consumers about $US500 a year on energy bills.

Shaylyn Hynes, a spokeswoman for the Department of Energy, told the AP that the change would mean “allowing Americans – not Washington bureaucrats – to choose what kind of showerheads they have in their homes.”

Reuters noted that it’s not clear whether the proposal would be finalised and that it could face opposition in court.

Showers aren’t the only household appliance that Trump has taken issue with.

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Trump at a rally in Milwaukee in January. Joshua Lott/Getty Images

He took time during a rally in Milwaukee in January to target energy-efficient lightbulbs, which he said “make you look orange,” and “new” dishwashers that he said meant you had to wash your dishes “10 times” to clean them.

And he also criticised what he said were weaker showers: “I have this beautiful head of hair. I need a lot of water.”

He said: “We’re getting rid of the restrictors. You’re going to have full shower flow.”