Joe Biden is rolling back the previous administration’s decision to permit a higher water flow rate from showerheads.
The U.S. Department of Energy is returning to a 2013 standard that is touted to still provide plenty of water for a good soak and thorough clean. The department claimed showers providing the extra water supply are hard to come by, according to the Associated Press.
Regarding how much water should flow through a showerhead, a 1992 federal law dictates a showerhead should pour no more than 2.5 gallons (9.5 liters) of water per minute.
As newer shower fixtures came fitted with multiple nozzles, the Obama administration introduced standards dictating the nozzles should collectively release no more than the 2.5 gallons per minute.
However, the Trump administration changed the rule last December and allowed each nozzle to spray up to 2.5 gallons.
On July 16, the Biden administration confirmed it would return to the Obama-era standard. It claimed the decision would save households about $38 a year on their water bill.
“As many parts of America experience historic droughts, this commonsense proposal means consumers can purchase showerheads that conserve water and save them money on their utility bills,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, acting assistant secretary for the department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The department said a notice of the proposed rule change will be published in the Federal Register shortly. The public has 60 days to comment before a final change is made.