There are more and more people waking up to the fact that the government is completely out of control. In Washington they are trying to figure out if they should regulate our phone calls, internet traffic, guns, speech, and money. There are still those people that say, “nothing they do in Washington will affect me so I do not care”. Well, let’s talk about something that the government does that affects your most personal of private spaces: Your Bathroom!

The bathroom is somewhere that every American spends their time. First, let’s address the shower. I take my shower in the morning right after I have had my cup of coffee. My wife likes to take hers the second that she wakes up. Everyone has their own preference on the best time to take a shower. This preference is mostly about pleasure. The shower is sometimes the only alone time we get in the day and it can feel therapeutic. I have long searched for a shower head that would give me a vivacious flow. Have you ever felt that the shower heads, with their abundant selection, are actually not that different?

I did a little a research and found that the government is our culprit! They have been regulating the flow from our shower heads for 12 years. In 1992, congress passed a law that shower heads were only allowed to have a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons per minute. This sluggish amount of water is the explanation of all of our dissatisfaction. Since the market is being forced to make a subpar product they have made it quite simple to fix. Now I would like to note that I would never promote going against regulation, but simply for educational purposes here is in an instructional video on how to remove the water restrictor.

Now that you have had an enjoyable shower and feel relaxed it is time to bring up the bad news. Our government in the same legislation that tried to take away our enjoyable showers also made us filthy people by restricting the amount of water our toilets can flush. Before 1992 the average toilet flushed with 3.5 gallons of water. Now the amount of water has been reduced to 1.6 gallons per flush. This decision has increased the muck in our bathrooms by the millions! Before this nasty regulation came to be, people would hide their plunger in the garage, because it was filthy piece of equipment that was rarely used. It was not meant to be seen by guest, but now we have to have it in there for all to see, smell, and experience, because our toilets are not allowed to flush properly.

Many of us have to spend several times week cleaning our toilets since a flush now does not take care of the entire problem. We have nasty streaks of leftovers sitting in our toilet. Many people will flush several times and try tricks with the toilet paper to remove the remains. In the end we are using the same if not more water and getting less performance. The market has tried to respond to this issue by engineering mechanisms in the toilet to create pressure, but when you only have 1.6 gallons to work with there is a limit to the amount of pressure you can use. This can be seen by our shower heads with the water restrictor and the pressure gauges that are used to accommodate that issue.

The government made these laws and regulations to reduce the amount of water that was being consumed by the public. There are two ways to conserve a scarce good: violently or peacefully. Violence is always the first resort of the government. As in California where they just announced that citizens who use more than the suggested amount will be fined $500 a day and potential jail time for those who cannot afford. The market’s response in contrary is peaceful. When the market deals with scarce goods it appropriates prices determined by supply and demand. Businesses have to provide quality products with good customer service. If the water was owned privately by several companies competing for your dollar we would not have to save water. These companies would simply raise the price of water and if you wanted more than you would pay for it. In a free society we could have affordable, clean, and peaceful bathrooms.