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Is Water Saving Showerhead Technology Stuck in the Past?

David Malcolm - Monday, January 17, 2011

Some technologies never change until they are forced to change. Take the internal combustion engine (please!). The workings of gasoline powered engines remained essentially the same for almost a hundred years—spark plugs firing, pistons moving, gas sucked into carburetors, exhaust coming out the rear. Recently, by necessity, this has begun to change.

Shower head technology has had a similar lull in innovation. If you take the watering can out of your garden shed, fill it up with water, and tip it toward your flowerbed, you are using the same basic technology that most showerheads have used since people quit climbing into the old metal tank every Saturday night. To this very day, most showerheads use the watering can technology.

Yes, there have been some innovations in showerheads over the years, especially after the feds mandated that all showerheads manufactured in the U.S. have a flow rate of 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute). Nowadays, what with our antiquated water distribution systems and the high cost of energy, we have been forced to consider changing out our 2.5 gpm showerheads for 1.5 gpm showerheads.

Taking this small step in water conservation can save 40 percent in water and energy for each 1.5 gpm showerhead installed. Unfortunately, most showerhead makers achieve this goal by forcing the water through smaller holes and smaller regulators.

As everybody knows, this method can create a wimpy spray that leaves the hair full of shampoo—or a pinpoint blast that makes your body feel like you've been swimming with jellyfish. The famous low flow shower episode of Seinfeld illustrates the former problem well.

And all those little holes plug up really easily with dirt and mineral deposits.

Aerating showerheads seemed to be a slick solution to the low flow quandary, but the relatively soft spray produced by aeration showerheads has its cost. They cool down the water, forcing you to turn up the hot valve and use more energy. They draw air from the bathroom into the showerhead and mix it with water. Unfortunately, the air contains bacteria, which can sit in the wet showerhead and grow, once it is turned off.

There are special, bacteria-killing aerating shower heads for health care applications, but they are expensive and require maintenance and frequent replacement to remain effective.

Along comes the High Sierra Showerhead®, with its patented FCI nozzle (were you wondering when we'd get to that?). This 2-year-old patented invention is truly a change in showerhead technology.

It saves as much as 40 percent in water and energy.

It has a drenching spray of large droplets that feels good on the body. 

It can quickly rinse off a head of hair—even one as substantial as Kramer's.

It will not plug.

It does not harbor bacteria.

And it is reasonably priced.

Thanks for reading my post. Your comments are welcome!  


 

Check out this shower head review by thefrugalvegan in Green Living:

"Although I’ve been happy with [my Oxygenics brand], I knew I could save more water. During couch-surfing season, more water is used therefore I wanted to find shower heads that were better than the one I have.

After extensive research, reading reviews and comparing products, I settled for the High Sierra ShowerHead (Sierra-2000 model). [Webmaster's Note: We no longer make the Sierra models, but they had the exact same patented nozzle that our current models feature.] The most expensive model is very affordable at $27US and as a Canadian, if you purchase 3, you get free shipping. As a US Citizen, if you purchase two, you get free shipping. I bought just one in case I wasn’t going to like it. 

This product is very well made, is patented and extremely sturdy. It will never clog!! People on septic systems say this is the only shower head that gives them good pressure. Installing it was very easy. The pressure is incredible ... :)

There are 4 models to pick from, the lowest being $22 so this is within most people’s budget and you will likely pay it off with the savings. I am looking forward to seeing my next water bill. Make sure you purchase it on the website as it is cheaper this way."