Stanford Showers

Stanford is progressive in its commitment to the environment, so it’s not surprising that they swapped out 1,827 showerheads in the dorms over Christmas for low-flow, eco-friendly ones.  The retrofit reduces water flow from 2.5 gallons per minute to 1.3 gallons per minute per showerhead, saving Stanford an estimated total of 12 million gallons of water per year.  And California isn’t exactly gushing with surplus water supplies, so it makes sense, right?  Seems like a smart move.

Well, not so fast.  Students came back from Christmas break and didn’t like the retrofit.  So they started letter and email writing campaigns.  Editorial columns.  Meetings with University officials.  Etc.

The students seemed irritated at not being consulted on the issue, which, if you stop and think about it, is ludicrous since they’re only renters.

In the end, there was a compromise:  Stanford agreed to install at least one hand-held showerhead that increases water flow in each bathroom.  So, you’ll have to excuse the pun, but it’s funny how college students can treat the smallest things as such watershed events.  For more information, see The Stanford Daily (ridiculous comments), SF CBS 5.