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You're Clean, Already!

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Caption plum:Is it time to replace your showerhead?

Stop all that singing and shorten your showering time! You can save 3,500 gallons of water per year by limiting your showers to three or four minutes. For a family of four that's 14,000 gallons of annual water savings.

Out with the Old, in with the New

Consider replacing older showerheads with water-saving fixtures. New-generation low-flow showerheads use 2.5 or fewer gallons per minute.

To identify high-water-using showerheads for replacement in your home:

  • Place a five gallon bucket in your shower;
  • Direct the showerhead to fill the bucket;
  • Turn on the water full force (hot and cold);
  • Time flow for precisely two minutes; and
  • Upgrade with a low-flow showerhead if the bucket overflows (exceeding recommended 2.5 or fewer gallons per minute).

One Head is Better than Two

Don't be tempted by multiple showerheads. When it comes to showerheads — one is better than two (or more). By limiting the number of showerheads you have in each shower to one, you are reducing unnecessary water waste.

New-generation low-flow showerheads offer a variety of high-performing options, so one should do the trick. Be sure to install a head that uses no more than 0.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute.

Make It Hot

Avoid running and pre-heating water before you shower. For instant heat, consider installing an "on-demand" hot water system or a re-circulating pump for existing water heaters. Contact a Valley specialist for information on water-saving technologies.

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