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Thursday, January 12, 2006

 
First They Came For The Bathroom Fixtures...

Michelle Malkin reports that certain Seattle city officials are seeking to clamp down on high-pressure shower heads. ROFASix recalls earlier Federal precedents for such action:

The Federal Energy Act of 1992 passed a law that "all faucet fixtures manufactured in the US restrict water flow at or below 2.5 gal per minute at a water pressure of 80 psi. Works fine right? Well not for those of us who don't get that sort of pressure.

ROFASix makes a passing reference to similar laws regarding toilets and washing machines. I'm not familiar with the latter, but the former is a product of that very same 1992 law, as stated in this article on State Farm's website:

The National Energy Policy Act of 1992 took effect in 1994 for residential toilets and in 1997 for commercial toilets requiring all toilets made or sold in this country meet federal water conservation requirements.

Prior to this policy act, toilets flushed with three and one-half to five gallons of water. The act mandated toilets only use 1.6 gallons of water per flush. To accommodate this change, low flow toilets were developed.

ROFASix says:

Next time you stay in some swanky new hotel and have to flush repeatedly, don’t blame the management. Blame the central planners of the Federal Government.




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