With the economy tanking and government revenues at record lows, correctional institutes, jails, and prisons everywhere need to cut the money they spend on maintenance, energy, and other operating expenses. One of the simplest cost-cutting measures is to install low flow, 1.5 gpm shower heads. The payback is extremely fast—in fact one prison (Herlong, CA FCI) paid for its investment in low flow shower heads in just three months. Herlong FCI will save 3,500,000 gallons of water and $52,500 in water heating costs by the end of the year.
A typical prison needs one shower for every four-to-five prisoners, but there are challenges involved in retrofitting existing shower heads, which have typical flow rates of 2.5 gpm or more. An institutional shower head should not clog easily, because maintenance can be disruptive. They can’t be easy to disassemble or tamper with. They should be small and unobtrusive and should not have a protruding nozzle. And they should retrofit existing mounts easily.
When High Sierra Showerheads was approached by its first federal correction institute, we decided to create a tamper proof showerhead tailored to institutional use. Our FCS-100 VRM has a non-swivel base that can be fitted with several different thread sizes to retrofit Acorn, Willoughby, and other popular institutional shower heads. Our FCS-100-VRF comes with a swivel and has ½ inch female threads.
Another positive aspect of the HighSierra models: They have a patented nozzle that creates a full, pleasing spray of water. As one prison official put it, “This device isn’t going to cause any riots.”
If you are associated with a prison, or any type of institution where tampering is an issue, please contact us for more details.