Trump Complains Low-flow Toilets Are Flush With Problems

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    President Donald Trump speaks during a small business roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to toilets, President Donald Trump just wants to let it flow.

    Trump said Friday that his administration is looking into relaxing water-saving regulations for toilets, sinks and showers, saying consumers end up using even more water by flushing multiple times and trying to get clean with low water streams.

    “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water,” Trump said while talking with business owners about what he said are ‘’common sense” steps to end overregulation. “The EPA is looking at that very strongly at my suggestion.”

    Use of low-flush toilets started in the 1990s after President George H.W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act. The 1992 law said new toilets could use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. The law went into effect in 1994 for residential buildings and 1997 for commercial structures.

    Trump said he’s also looking at possibly relaxing regulations for sinks and showers.

    “You go into a new building, a new house or a new home and they have standards and you don’t get water,” he said. “You can’t wash your hands practically there’s so little water that comes out of the faucet. And the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes you so much longer to wash your hands and you end up using the same amount of water.”

    Trump said relaxing water-conservation standards might not be practical in some arid regions of the nation, but in many states, there is plenty of water. ‘’It comes down. It’s called rain,” he said.

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    5 COMMENTS

    1. It’s about time !!
      Can’t count how many times I needed to use a plunger because water flow is inadequate and the tank has limited water supply. Embarrasing for guests too.
      The plumber who installed it warned us about it but said there’s nothing else he could do about this insane regulation.

    2. About time someone said it
      Nys went this way over twenty years ago
      A state senators son worked for company making them and became mandatory
      Waste of water

    3. This is not of world import but it is a real issue for everyone. I love our President. He gets it. Onerous federal regulations intrude in to our life making it much worse not better . Good for him! MAGA!

    4. Modern toilets work just fine. The idea that the more efficient ones fail to get the job done was current thirty or more years ago. Many of us, including the President get an idea and keep it even if the facts have changed.

      More efficient toilets save money, not just water. When we use less water we need fewer pipes and fewer processing plants.

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