Showerhead Exchange

 During April, which is designated as Water Conservation Month, Orange County Utilities water customers can receive up to three showerheads to replace showerheads that use 2.5 gallons per minute or more. Customers are also eligible to receive low-flow aerators to reduce consumption at the faucet. A maximum of 1 kitchen aerator and 3 bathroom aerators will be given per account.

How do I know if I have a high- or low-flow showerhead?

If you are unsure of the water volume of your showerhead, you can follow the simple steps outlined below to calculate the rate your shower dispenses water. High-water-flow showerheads deliver 2.5-5 gallons per minute.


To determine if you have a high- or low-flow showerhead, you need:

  • A bucket that holds more than one gallon (marked at one gallon)
  • A clock with a second hand

Step One: Turn on the shower to the highest volume
Step Two: Hold the bucket under the water
Step Three: Time how many seconds it takes to fill the bucket to the one-gallon mark


One gallon in under 20 seconds = high-flow showerhead
One gallon in over 20 seconds = low-flow showerhead




  • Keep showers under 5 minutes and use low-flow showerheads (1-2 gallons per minute).
  • Turn the water off while you shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.