President Donald Trump has achieved many impressive victories over the last four years, from knocking out the terrorist ISIS caliphate to negotiating peace deals in the Middle East — but any assessment of his record would not be complete without taking this latest venture into account.
Just days after negotiating a historic peace agreement between Israel and Morocco, the Trump administration took aim at a domestic concern by loosening regulations on showerheads, the Associated Press reported.
Changing the rules
According to Reuters, the regulations Trump changed, first enacted in 1992 when George H.W. Bush was president, established a 2.5 gallon per minute limit on water flow from showerheads. The rule was kept intact and expanded by President Barack Obama to include restricting even showerheads with multiple nozzles to 2.5 gallons each minute.
Trump nixed these puny limits Tuesday, however, allowing showerheads to very powerfully use 2.5 gallons per nozzle. According to the AP, the Trump administration also loosened regulations on energy and water use for new washers and dryers with short “normal” cycles.
The Energy Department moves come after Trump complained this year that regulations restricting water flow make toilets and showerheads less efficient to use.
Trump: “You don’t get any water”
Trump, who is known to be fastidious about his appearance and is a noted germaphobe, was particularly miffed about difficulty with maintaining his “perfect” hair and bemoaned that people “are flushing toilets 10 times,” as the Daily Mail reported.
“So showerheads — you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out,” he said in July, according to the AP. “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.”
Trump went on: “You turn on the faucet and you don’t get any water. You take a shower and the water comes dripping out. Just dripping out very quietly dripping out. People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water.”
Environmental groups push back
Still, environmental groups — presumably staffed by liberals without perfect hair — said that Trump’s changes are wasteful.
“With millions of washers and dryers sold in the United States every year, the rule announced today could lead to higher utility bills and additional carbon emissions from powering them,” the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement, according to the AP.
“It also comes at a time when areas of the country are increasingly subject to extended droughts and can’t afford to waste water through unnecessary regulatory loopholes like the one just created,” the council added.
It does not appear that Trump’s policies affect toilets.