Monday, October 5, 2009

Kramer vs. Low-Flow Showerheads

This weekend, the cast of Seinfeld reunited for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. I didn’t see the show but news of the reunion brought to mind a favorite Seinfeld episode. In this favorite episode, Jerry’s and Kramer’s apartment building went green. The building’s super replaced the showerheads with modern low-flow shower heads and comedy ensued.

When this episode aired in 1996, water conservation was just beginning to gain momentum. The government had already mandated that new showerhead flow rates could not exceed 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), tested at 60 pounds per square inch (psi). Older showerheads often provided more than double the new standard. The US government did not require existing showerheads to be replaced but it did require all new showerheads to conform to the new standard.

Initially, the low-flow showerheads shocked many, as it did Jerry and Kramer in the showerhead episode of Seinfeld. Never one to go with the flow (no pun intended), Kramer even went so far as to purchase a non-compliant showerhead on the black market.

Today, most of us are accustomed to the 2.5 gpm flow rate and accept it as normal. Despite the 2.5 gpm showerhead conformity, there are many different types of showerheads available from Shop 4 Classics. You can contribute to the green movement with a 2.5 gpm showerhead and still express your individuality.

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