Water Conservation has second sibling syndrome. It has always been in the shadow of its sibling, energy conservation. It does not get the same amount of press or urgency. But given the sobering facts that the average person uses 80-100 gallons a day, and only one percent of all water on the Earth is available for our consumption, don’t you think we need to pay a little more attention to how we conserve water? With Niagara Conservation’s newest TriMax low flow showerhead and Aerator, we can start in the bathroom.
I Can’t Live without my Long Showers.
“Sure, Anna, we want to save the planet.” you mutter under your breath.
“But I love my long showers.”
“Not willing to sacrifice even for Mother Earth.”
Then you add, “but, but, Ophra does not love the low flow showerhead, either.” (Was I the only one that saw that show with journalist Simran Preeti Sethi a couple of years ago?)
What happens if I told you that there were low flow showerheads for your bathroom that provide you with all your creature comforts of a tintilating shower but half your water usage? So, you no longer have to choose. Niagara Conservation’s newest babies on the block are the TriMax Showerhead and Facet Aerator with the ability to render .5, 1,and 1.5 GPM (per gallons per minute) depending on your shower task.
Really, tell me More.
This Company is no stranger to water and energy conservation with a multitude of conservation products to make any green girl jump with joy. Oh, shower with joy. Niagara is a thirty year veteran of the industry, pushing conservation when others just thought the natural resource buffet would never end.
I had the opportunity to visit Niagara’s main headquarters and speak to Cecelia Hayward, marketing manager, about their new products: TriMax showerhead and facet aerator, and the .8 per gallon per flush Stealth toilet. In the below video Cecelia provides an overview of Niagara’s showerheads and aerators. (It is 8 minutes long.) I shot a subsequent video of the Stealth toilet, which I will feature in a different article.
Tell me more about the TriMax Showerhead
As Cecelia explains, the TriMax showerhead gives you the ability to control how much water you use in the shower. She explained when you are washing your hair or shaving perhaps you might want to use the .5 setting. When you are rinsing your hair or body, you might want to use the 1.0 or 1.5 GPM setting. As Cecelia further explained such flexibility will cut your water usage in 1/2. Price point? Retail list price is $27.99 for chrome, but can be purchased in white for $17.99 and $19.98 in chrome at e3Living.
Given that most of us have a 2.5 GPM showerhead, I can hear “ca-ching” in my ears from all the money that I would be saving by simply using the different settings for different tasks. Plus, don’t forget to check your state offers rebates for further savings.
Now, I that I got your attention, this showerhead has
- Three pressure compensated flow rate options: 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 gallon per minute (1.8, 3.7 and 5.7 litre per minute)
- Niagara’s patented non-removable pressure compensator provides a constant output of water regardless of pressure
- Solid brass components with easy grip turn dial for selecting flow rate
- Even vacillating motion with a large spray diameter
- Compact, modern design
- Corrosion resistant high-impact ABS thermoplastic body
- Large POM swivel adjustment, virtaually lead free
- Overall dimensions: 1.3” diameter x 1” (33 x 25.4mm)
- 10 year warranty
Meets or exceeds: ASME A112.18.1 / CSA B125.1; ANSI/NSF 61
Hmm. But why should I buy a low flow showerhead from Niagara? The flexibility of the settings. Most showerheads’ flow rates are 1.5 gallons per minute. The TriMax can deliver .5 and 1 gallons per minute. To my knowledge, with the exception of the more expensive Bricor’s .5525 GPM showerhead, there isn’t anyone out there providing this type of flexibility or water savings.
My take? I am waiting for my sample to try it for myself, but given Niagara’s long histroy of water saving devices, I am sure I won’t be disappointed. I will be updating the article shortly.
What else does Niagara offer?
If for some reason the TriMax does not seem that appealing to you, the Company offers a few other models as noted in the above video. The 1.5 GPM Earth Massage Showerhead comes in a hand held version for $29.99 or chrome showerhead for $24.99. (Note, the showerhead is on sale at the GT store for $14.95.) See here about the Earth Massage’s features. I will leak one of them to you: a 9-Jet Turbo adjustable Massage.
The showerhead was recently put to the test by the Maryland Greenhawks and featured on Fox News. Watch the video here. The two players who tested three low flow showerheads from various companies gave the Earth Massage a very favorable review.
In addition, the Company still sells it original aerator, a soap and soak model which allow you to reduce the water flow when you soap and resume the water spray when you rinse (or in my case, do by best thinking in the shower.)
What’s this going to save me?
On the Company’s website, it provides the savings generated by the 1.5 GPM Earth Massage Showerhead. At this point in time, the Company does not have any information about the TriMax. However, if you use the different settings, you are bound to save more money than noted above. On a side note, realize the above chart does not take into account the cost of the showerhead or your state’s particular water rate. The Company uses $.04 cents per 1000 gallons and a $.12 per killowatt.
So, if you deduct the cost of the showerhead from the first year annual savings, you still come out ahead. Now if you change all of your showerheads? Well, you do the math.
Does it deliver what the Company promises? I can’t tell you because I have not had a chance to test it. I will be updating this article when I receive the promised showerhead. But given the favorable report on the Earth Massage on Fox News, I doubt I will be disappointed.
TriMax Sink Aerator
Do you have family members that forget to turn off the facet when they brush their teeth or shave? It is okay to admit it. Everyone has one in the family. The TriMax Aerator has the same functionality as the TriMax Showerhead. The retail list price is $11.50.
Right now you can purchase some of Niagara’s products in the GT store. All other products can be purchased on Niagara’s online store. Niagara is hoping to get their products in the big box stores in the next couple of months. Note, the TriMax Aerator is not available for sale on any site at the moment, but the TriMax showerhead can be purchased here.
How do you feel about low flow showerheads?
How much water does your household use? (See this plug your numbers calculator)
Do you use a low flow showerhead? If so, which one? Thoughts about it?
Disclaimer: Many of the items can be purchased at the GT store, in which I receive a small amount of money from your purchases. Help save the Planet and keep Green Talk delivering amazing content!
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