by April Reinhardt
(last updated January 7, 2019)
Here is an illustration of how much water you could save if you switch to a low-flow showerhead. Place a two-quart pan on the shower floor, and position it to catch water when you turn on the shower. With the water on full stream, count how many seconds it takes to fill the pan. If it takes fewer than fifteen seconds, then you could benefit from installing a low-flow showerhead. Some people might worry that they won't have enough water pressure to rinse shampoo from their hair if they switch to a low-flow showerhead. Choose a model that has various settings that restrict the flow in certain areas to create higher water pressure. It's just like placing your thumb over the end of your garden hose to create higher-pressure flow.
Basically, there are two steps when it comes to installing a low-flow showerhead; remove the old one, and install the new one. Here's how to do each:
Most low-flow showerheads deliver pulses of water instead of a constant stream, thus saving water. If you enjoy a hard stream of water while showering, look for a hand-held low-flow showerhead that has changeable patterns. Most of those types of showerheads deliver what feels like more water pressure because of restricting water within the hole patterns.
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