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Hitting the showers
Faucet firm aims to scrub world record
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Jason McClain, marketing director for Hansgrohe, looks at one of the many shower heads inside a demonstration area at the company's center in south Forsyth. Company employees hope to set a world record Saturday for the most people to take a shower together indoors. - photo by Jim Dean

Talk about up some good clean fun.

Employees of a Forsyth County plumbing manufacturing company plan to take a big shower together this weekend in hopes of breaking a Guinness World Record.

As part of a company picnic, about 500 employees and their families have signed up to take part in the event at the Hansgrohe showroom in south Forsyth.

And in case anyone's wondering, they won't be in the buff.

Jen Bruno, the firm's training and development manager, said cultural U.S. norms will be observed.

"Although our company is European, everybody will be in swimsuits and T-shirts, no nudity," she said.

 Jason McClain, Hansgrohe's marketing director, said officials from the United Kingdom-based Guinness World Records will observe the communal bathing occasion.

Bruno said she and her family will wade in to participate in the record-breaking attempt, as will hundreds of others who have agreed to come out.

She said the group will crowd into the company's "Aquademie" training facility, which is basically a maze of interlocking shower stalls.

McClain said the group has to stay in the shower for 15 minutes to set the record. He added that in order to break the current mark, they need only about 100 participants.

The event is not open to the public.

Guinness World Record employee Danny Girton would not comment on the event, but confirmed that the details were "being looked into."

According to McClain, the record category is for "largest group of people to take a personal shower indoors at the same time in the same setting."

For purposes of water conservation, Bruno encouraged all employees to skip their regularly-scheduled shower Saturday.

"Everybody who's coming to the picnic has promised me this will be their only shower for the day," Bruno said.

McClain said shower faucets made by the high-end plumbing manufacturers are "green showers," meaning they conserve 30 to 40 percent more water than typical shower heads.

He called the company's products, "the BMW of showers and faucets."

He added that the record Hansgrohe has targeted was set by rock star Tommy Lee several months ago in an outdoor shower setting on a beach.

"We plan to break the record by far," McClain said.

The company shower is scheduled for about 11 a.m. Saturday.