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Florida Water StarSM Technical Manual

Indoor criteria

Fixtures

Showerhead

Low-flow showerhead.

Showerheads

Background

As established by the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and as required by the Florida Building Code, showerheads may not exceed a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm).

Many showerheads available today use less water than 2.5 gpm and offer a high-quality experience for the user.

Requirements and certification
WaterSense label

A single showerhead with a flow rate of 2.0 gpm or less, or a WaterSense® label installed.

Silver

Gold

Commercial/Institutional

Required

Required

Required

Large showers with multiple showerheads have become increasingly popular. A certified home can receive a variance for one additional hand-held shower head. For the purposes of this program, one shower stall floor measures 2,160 square inches (1.4 square meters).

Multiple low-flow showerheads within a single stall that are supplied through a diverter valve are acceptable.

Each shower is to be field-verified by the certifier in one of these ways:

Showerhead Flow Bag Test

Testing a showerhead using a flow bag.

  • Flow rate stamp on showerhead
  • WaterSense® label
  • Flow bag test
Flow Rate Stamp on Showerhead

The flow rate stamp is clearly visible on this showerhead.

St. Johns River Water Management District
4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177
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