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In light of the wave of water conservation that is sweeping the country, it pays to replace a leaky or outmoded shower head. New showerheads are restricted to 2.5 gallons per minute, and technological advancement in the direction of water streams and the materials used result in a more satisfying rinse while reducing your water usage. Removing the flow restrictors from showerheads is not recommended as it may make temperature control more difficult and increase the risk of scalding.