The President of the United States of America has ordered a federal review of water efficiency standards of toilets because “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water”.
Obsession With Bodily Functions?
There is not an obvious connection between the Donald Trump’s new interest in toilets, and the allegations in the Steele dossier, a 2016 private intelligence report containing allegations of misconduct and conspiracy between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Government of Russia during the 2016 election. The dossier includes a report that Trump "hated" President Barack Obama so much that when he stayed in the Presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow in 2013 he employed "a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him" to defile the bed used by the Obamas on an earlier visit. The alleged incident was reportedly filmed and recorded by Russian security forces as “kompromat”.
Not Just Toilets
Trump is also not satisfied with water flow in other bathroom fixtures. “You can’t wash your hands practically, there’s so little water comes out of the faucet, and the end result is you leave the faucet on and it takes you much longer to wash your hands, you end up using the same amount of water”, the President said at a 6 December small business event at the White House.
Trump said that his administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) would look into “opening up the standard” of regulations to save water. He recognized that may not be possible in all areas of the country but that doesn’t mean everyone should suffer from a toilet that doesn’t flush well. “There may be some areas where we’ll go the other route—desert areas,” he said. “But for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down—it’s called rain—that they don’t know, they don’t know what to do with it.”
USEPA’s WaterSense program, which was first launched in 2006 to reduce the water use of fixtures like toilets, is part of a program launched in the 1990s under President George H.W. Bush, whose Energy Policy Act mandated that toilets installed in homes after 1994 use 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush.
The US President also complained about energy-efficient lightbulbs that “give you an orange look…The new bulb is many times more expensive, and, I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good…Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me. It gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look. Has anyone noticed that”?