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Water-saving fixtures now required in new Los Angeles buildings

July 22, 2009 | 12:35 pm

New buildings in Los Angeles will be required to have low-flow faucets, toilets, urinals, shower heads and other plumbing devices under a law passed today by the City Council.

Officials with the Department of Water and Power said the water conservation ordinance, which is part of the city’s Green Building program, would reduce water consumption in new buildings by 20%. The measure would help building owners save money as well, said Council President Eric Garcetti.

“A waterless urinal gives you a return on your investment in the same year that it is purchased,” he said.

Water-efficient devices also will be required when property owners upgrade their plumbing fixtures, city officials said. As more fixtures are installed, “water conservation will become a way of life without people even having to think about it,” said DWP General Manager H. David Nahai.

The ordinance passed by a 13-0 vote.

-- David Zahniser at L.A. City Hall