When we put our dishes into the dishwasher, we usually have to clean them before putting them in. When we put our clothes into the washer, things don’t come out as clean as they once did. When we shower, it takes much longer to clean ourselves than it does in many other countries. What on earth is going on here?
Why is the United States, a nation that prides itself, falling behind in the quality of water-appliances? Is it because our developers are simply inept, or because they are trying to rip us off? Certainly not!
The technology to thoroughly clean our dishes, laundry, and bodies exists, but there is one entity that is thwarting that tech from making our daily lives simpler and more efficient: the government.
That’s right, you can attribute your pitiful showers to the government; the still-dirty dishes to the government; your clothes that are not really as clean as they appear, to the government.
Indeed, as Jeffrey Tucker discusses at the Foundation for Economic Education, over the past several decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has put forth new mandates that allegedly aim to increase efficiency, but in the process have done little but decrease the quality of our lives in these areas (and unnecessarily so).
Tucker recently traveled down to Brazil, and one thing astounded him while he was there: the quality of the showers he took. Rather than having low pressure and lukewarm water, he marveled at the heat of the water and the intensity of the pressure. What makes Brazil so different than the United States?
Absence of ridiculous mandates restricting water flow and temperature.
You can see the evidence of the bureaucrat in your shower if you pull off the showerhead and look inside. It has all this complicated stuff inside, whereas it should just be an open hole, you know, so the water could get through. The flow stopper is mandated by the federal government.
Indeed, when I installed a new shower head in my bathroom, I took it apart and found a piece of plastic that was more blockage than anything else. No wonder why the water pressure was so low the whole time!
Tucker noted that it’s not just Brazil that has avoided such minute regulation of our daily lives, but that other countries like New Zealand, Switzerland, and Australia also have much better showers because their governments have not desecrated the daily shower.
This over-regulation of water pressure and temperature is not something that causes mere inconvenience, but it actually is counterproductive. If one has to wash their dishes before putting them into the dishwasher (to get rid of any chunks of food on there), is one not using double or triple the amount of water than one would if one simply used the dishwasher alone?
Or if water pressure in showers was higher, maybe it would not take so long to do our daily hygiene routines. Even then-candidate Donald Trump noted that one of the issues in the hospitality industry is the restriction of water pressures.
“You have showers where I can’t wash my hair properly,” he said. “It’s a disaster. It’s true. They have restrictors put in. The problem is you stay under the shower for five times as long."
Now, of course certain elitists just mocked him, but he was absolutely right! If the water pressure is so low that it takes five times as long to rinse all the soap and shampoo out, how does that solve any problem? It simply doesn’t.
Additionally, the regulation of water temperature actually poses some health risks in addition to causing more usage.
As for the heat of the water, the obsession over “safety” has led to regulations that the top temperature is preset on most water heaters, at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which is only slightly hotter than the ideal temperature for growing yeast. Most are shipped at 110 degrees in order to stay safe with regulators. This is not going to get anything really clean; just the opposite. Water temperatures need to be 140 degrees to clean things. (Looking at the industry standard, 120 is the lowest-possible setting for cleaning but 170 degrees gives you the sure thing.)
With less pressure and temperature, things simply do not get as clean, and we end up having to clean them two or three times over. Is that truly being responsible?
This is one area where we can learn from other nations. While the United States is the land of opportunity, where anyone can come here and make their way towards prosperity, we still have much to learn, something as simple as the water utility being one of those areas.
What do you think about this? Have you noticed what Tucker did while you were overseas? Sound off!