California Water Pressure Regulations: When Is Water Pressure Too High or Low?

Low water pressure

A long shower is one of the best ways to end the day after a hard day at work or to cool down after a strenuous workout. A hot shower on a winter night, or a cold shower in the blistering summer heat can be quite reviving. What makes the shower so effective is the right water pressure.

If your water pressure only makes a trickle of water, you won’t have the satisfaction of having had a good shower. This is why most of us go the extra length to ensure that the pressure in our showers stay at the desired levels.

The unique challenges faced by California due to drought mean that you need to keep checking your water pipes and other installations to ensure that there is no water leakage or non-compliance with the state’s regulations. Investing in a good showerhead that meets the local requirements is the best way to get the most out of your shower.

California Rules & Regulations

The new regulations set to come into effect in California this July require that all shower heads have a maximum water pressure of 2 gallons per minute, which is further slated to be reduced to 1.8 gallons per minute in July 2018.

Though it might seem to be very low water pressure for us to enjoy our showers, when compared to the existing 2.5 gallons per minute showerheads, industry insiders say that new technology allows for smaller water droplets that help to cover larger areas.

This means that we will have just as enjoyable a shower as a 2.5 gallons per minute showerhead, with an 80 pounds per square inch pressure.

Low Water Pressure

No one can deny that 1.8 gallons per minute is very little water for shower heads, but given the drought situation in the state, for the fourth straight year, the new rules make sense. As long as emerging technology allows us to enjoy our showers, most of us will be ready to embrace the new regulations and restrictions. Enhanced pressure helps make the smaller water droplets cover a larger area.

High Water Pressure

Very high water pressure in the shower, especially when you have booster pumps to enjoy a long and hot shower with a massaging effect, can sometimes be quite debilitating. Unwary folks get caught up in the shower, and then end up going to their physician or chiropractor complaining of body ache and muscle pain. Another problem with high pressure is that it stresses pipes, prematurely ages them, and contributes to leaks.

Hire a Professional to Get Your Pressure Settings Right

This is why it helps to have an expert set up and monitor your pressure pump. Your plumber will know all the latest rules and regulations and ensure that you’re in compliance with them, while getting the best possible water pressure out of your shower.

With nearly 50 years of plumbing experience in Orange County, CA, Orange Coast Plumbing knows California the regulations and requirements inside and out. Call us today for a free consultation and quote!



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