WaterSense Guidelines and Regulations Established by the EPA
For those concerned with water usage a variety of shower heads is now offered. By retrofitting your shower with a WaterSense labeled showerhead, you can save a considerable amount of water. Standard shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (GPM). Water-saving showerheads that earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they use no more than 2.0 GPM. Some states require 1.8 GPM, so consider regulations specified by your state before purchasing.
Outdoor Shower Company offers a variety of shower heads and hand sprays from 1.5 GPM and up so that one can choose the flow rate and style that best meets their needs. To provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional shower heads on the market, many manufacturers have developed systems that control the speed, movement, and droplet size of the water, which creates the feeling of more water without using more.
Whether you are replacing an older, inefficient shower head or simply looking for ways to reduce water use and utility bills in your home, look for the WaterSense label on shower heads along with faucets, faucet accessories, and toilets to help you identify models that save water and perform well. In many areas, utilities offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price.
California Energy Commission (CEC) Title 20
CEC Regulations were established to address severely depleted water supplies in California due to an extended drought. Effective July 1, 2018 shower heads and hand sprays installed in California are required to have 1.8 GPM or less. Outdoor Shower Company offers hand spray and shower head options that comply with CEC regulations. Please contact our office for more information on compliant styles and options. https://learn.supply.com/for-pros/cec-compliance/
California Proposition 65 Warning
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.
Although stainless steel is one of the safest materials available, we are required to place a warning in writing that there is a possibility that lead or other harmful chemicals can be present in our stainless steel and brass parts. If you have any questions please contact us. If you have specific questions on the administration or implementation of Proposition 65, you can contact OEHHA’s Proposition 65 program at P65.Questions@oehha.ca.gov, or by phone at (916) 445-6900.
Lead Free Compliancy
As of January 4, 2014, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires drinking water products sold or installed for use in public water systems, as well as the plumbing in facilities, to meet a weighted average of not more than 0.25 percent lead. Using stainless steel and chrome plated brass as the materials for producing our products makes them “lead free” compliant.
Since 1999 when Outdoor Shower Company began, all stainless steel parts for our showers have been manufactured and assembled in Dallas, Georgia. Accessories sold by American companies such as Delta, Matco-Norca, Danze, T&S Faucet, Chicago Faucet, and High Sierra have been used to provide the best quality available for customers. In order to increase our inventory and meet the needs of customers we have added stainless steel products we purchase from the Netherlands and Italy that are not available in the U.S.A.