How to: install a water-efficient showerhead

G Magazine

Replacing your older, water-wasting showerhead with a new, water-efficient one will save on water without compromising flow or pressure when lathering up.

Step 1:

Familiarising yourself with the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) will help you identify the different water savings you can make depending on your selection. A normal, zero-rated showerhead can use more than 16 L of water per minute, whereas a WELS 3-star rated showerhead can use as little as 4.5 L per minute. Some water suppliers offer an exchange program, so before making the investment, see if you can trade your old showerhead in for a free,
water-efficient one.

Step 2:

Once you’ve got hold of the right showerhead for you, it’s time for the changeover. Using one hand, firmly hold the water pipe, which connects the head to the wall. At the same time, using a wrench in the other hand, loosen the showerhead, turning it counter-clockwise. Use your hand to unscrew
it off the pipe.

Step 3:

Remove any old white thread sealing tape from the shower pipe threads. Wrap the threads of the shower pipe clockwise with new pipe thread tape starting at the open pipe end and overlapping about half a width of tape.

Step 4:

Thread your new water saving showerhead onto the end of the shower pipe and by hand, turn clockwise until it’s on tight. Power up the water to test for leaks. If water drips from the top of the showerhead, carefully tighten the new showerhead with an adjustable wrench, placing a rag in between the wrench and the head to avoid scratching it.