The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement issued Notices of Noncompliance Determination this week to three companies regarding showerheads that violate federal water conservation standards.  The federal standard enacted by Congress limits showerhead water consumption to no more than 2.5 gallons per minute.  Watermark Designs' model SH-FAL-90 consumes 10.5 gallons per minute (gpm).  Hudson Reed's HEAD16 model consumes 8.1 gpm, and an eight-jet model, SKU 150043, imported by Zoe Industries consumes 9.4 gpm.  All three companies must cease distribution of these models immediately.

Following earlier civil penalty actions for failure to submit required certification reports and compliance statements, Watermark, Hudson Reed, and Zoe had certified to the DOE that their showerheads comply with federal standards.  Notwithstanding those certifications, DOE's testing shows that these manufacturers' products exceeded the federal standard by 320 percent (Watermark), 224 percent (Hudson Reed) and 276 percent (Zoe).  The manufacturers face additional civil penalties for distribution of these noncompliant products.