Toilet Wars: Trump Asks EPA to Review the Flush
"WaterSense" regulation required a 20% reduction in water use on tank-type toilets compared to standards adopted in 1992.
That's when the standard flush went from 3.5 gallons to 1.6 gallons. Smuggling toilets from Canada through Detroit soon began but eventually people were forced to accept the smaller flush.
In 2016, California set the maximum flush to 1.28 gallons. Activists want further reductions. Trump has had enough of it.
Please consider Trump Orders Toilet Rule Review, Saying People Flush 10 Times
The president on Friday said he ordered a federal review of water efficiency standards in bathroom fixtures and complained that “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once” in homes with low-flow appliances. He said other bathroom fixtures have slowed water to a trickle.
“You can’t wash your hands practically, there’s so little water comes out of the faucet, and the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes you much longer to wash your hands, you end up using the same amount of water,” Trump said at an event with small-business owners at the White House.
The president said it was “common sense” to review standards he said resulted in showers with water “quietly dripping out” and toilets that “end up using more water” because of repeat flushing.
While the president said the Environmental Protection Agency was looking at the standards “at my suggestion,” a review of the WaterSense program was mandated under 2018 legislation passed by Congress that said the agency should look at any regulations adopted before 2012. That means the government is forced to revisit specifications for tank-type toilets, lavatory faucets and faucet accessories, showerheads, flushing urinals, and weather-based irrigation controllers.
Orange Lights Also Questioned
Trump also want a review of light bulb energy efficiency requirements imposed under President Barack Obama.
Trump complains the new regulations make him look orange.
I am not sure where he is coming from on this, because it is the standard warm-white incandescent bulb that has an orangish tint.
Alleged Water Savings
The EPA says an average family can save $380 in water costs per year and save more than 17 gallons per day by using appliances certified to WaterSense standards.
Thanks to activists, it's difficult get an appliance that does not meet WaterSense standards.
We have our own well and ample supply so we will not save a dime. Besides, it should be up to the individual to decide whether the savings is worth it or not, especially in places where there are no water issues.
Expect More Clogs
Amusingly, this issue came up Thursday evening in our household when a toilet clogged.
On Friday, when that article came out, we had a big "about time" laugh.
There is no way you can convince me that these damn 1.28 gallon tanks flush as well.
And now, you can find 1.1 and even 0.96 gallon per flush models which no doubt California will adopt.
More clogs coming up, especially in California.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock