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Water-saving fixtures now required in new Los Angeles buildings

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

 
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Funny how Government tells us to save water but every time I see water being wasted it is at a gov. bulding ofr gov. sprinkler.

My recommendation for low flow showerheads is a 1.5 gpm model manufactured by High Sierra Showerheads. Very nice spray and no plugging that you would expect from lower flows and smaller holes.

As someone who thinks about water conserving plumbing fixtures for a living—I work for TOTO USA, which manufactures high-efficiency plumbing products—I’m glad to see Los Angeles making good decisions on practical ways to reduce our water footprint. A lot of us still have old toilets that use 3-plus gallons of water per flush—it makes a lot of sense to replace now to 1.28 gallons per flush, especially now that there are rebates in place to help out.

To see how a high efficiency toilet works, click to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn9_zctMge0


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