The flow of water from shower heads and bathroom faucets in California will be sharply reduced under strict new limits approved Wednesday by the state Energy Commission.
After a full turnover of shower head and faucet stocks by 2029, the regulations are expected to save 38 billion gallons of water, 20.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 1,322 gigawatt hours of electricity each year, according to the commission.
California, struggling through the fourth year of a historic drought, will be the first to adopt the standard at a state level.
In April, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order directing the state’s Energy Commission to adopt emergency regulations that would establish improved efficiency standards for water appliances such as shower heads and faucets.
Last month, the commission held a workshop to vet proposed amendments to improve the efficiency of the appliances.
“We are grateful for the energy savings and the water savings that will happen as a result of these thoughtful standards,” Mary Anderson, a representative of , said Wednesday.
Shower heads and faucets are a breeding ground for bacteria. Many times, we don’t even often look at the end of the spout to realize how dirty and the amount of build-up that has accumulated.