President Donald Trump has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study low-flow toilets. “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water,” Trump told reporters on Friday.
On average, Americans use 400 gallons of water daily. EPA states about two-thirds of it is indoors; 27 percent are toilets and 17 are showers. Trump is seeking to change that by “opening up the standard” of water-saving regulations.
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Trump has voiced his concerns to the EPA about modern bathrooms. “We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms where you turn the faucet on, in areas where there are tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushed out to the sea because you could never handle in, and you don’t get any water,” he said.
Former President George H.W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act in 1992, allowing for no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. The law later enforced residential and commercial structures to abide by them by 1997. Trump said his administrations will come up with additional regulations to include relaxing sink and showers.