Residential and Dining Enterprises pilots lowest flow showerhead of any U.S. student residence

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Some of the lowest flow showerheads on the market were piloted last quarter by Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE), in partnership with Stanford’s Water Quality, Efficiency and Stewardship team. The showerhead releases only 0.7 gallons per minute (gpm) of water, compared to the standard 1-1.25 gpm showerheads installed across Student Housing, and well below the 2.0 gpm state standard. The goal of the new showerhead is to reduce water use by getting students to think of their showers as a “spa mist experience.” Ten showerheads were installed in four student residences, where students could choose between the new version and the existing standard in stalls side by side. Student interns used occupancy sensors to show that 2,126 showers were taken using the new showerhead, with an average shower time of under six minutes. Reviews on the showerhead were mixed, with 52% of respondents saying they loved it (“it felt like I was in a cloud or waterfall”, “it was extremely relaxing”). One thing most students could agree on: they appreciated having the option to significantly reduce water use through these new low-flow showerheads.