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Federal Rule Change Fixes Trump's Shower Complaint

'You take a shower, the water doesn't come out'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 17, 2020 4:28 AM CST

(Newser) – The Trump administration has relaxed a regulation restricting water flow from showerheads, a pet peeve of President Trump, who complained that he wanted more water to make his hair "perfect." Since 1992, federal law has dictated that showerheads shouldn’t spew more than 2.5 gallons of water a minute. As newer shower fixtures came out with multiple nozzles, the Obama administration updated the ruling, stating that 2.5 gallons was still the limit regardless of how many nozzles were running. The new ruling, issued on Tuesday, now says each showerhead in a shower can emit 2.5 gallons a minute, the AP reports.

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"So showerheads—you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out," Trump said last summer. "You want to wash your hands? The water doesn’t come out. 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." Also this week, the Energy Department issued a ruling that sets no limits on energy or water use for new washers and dryers with short cycle times in their "normal" setting. The rule sets up separate product classifications for residential clothes washers and dryers with cycle times of fewer than 30 minutes and 45 minutes for front-loading washers.

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