Posted on | July 22, 2009 | 4 Comments
LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Jan Perry, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager David Nahai and representatives from the environmental and business community gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center this morning to introduce a water conservation ordinance capable of saving an estimated billion gallons of water over the next 20 years.
The ordinance, which was passed unanimously hours later by the City Council, will set yet lower low flow plumbing standards for toilets, urinals, faucets, showerheads and dishwashers in new buildings and retrofits of existing properties.
Individual families installing the latest toilet models should expect savings of $90 per year.
Plumbing conservation into the system in addition to the calls to the public to willingly conserve is necessary, said DWP’s Nahai, because voluntary conservation by the citizenry is not consistent. “Behavior modification is not something you can rely on forever,” he said. “It’s like gas prices. They go up and people drive less. They come down and people think the crisis is over. “
During debate at the City Council, District 15 Councilmember Janice Hahn pressed DWP presenters over why the current measure does not include “purple pipe” features involving gray water recycling. “We know it’s going to happen some day in LA. Wouldn’t this be the right time?” she asked.
Presenters from the city responded that there was too much work to do reconciling conflicting regulations between different city agencies, including Sanitation and Building and Safety on the handling of waste and storm water. Gray water ordinances would need to be incorporated into a later low impact development ordinance.
“I’m in favor of this ordinance, I just can’t wait till we get to the next step,” said Hahn.
District 11 Councilmember Bill Rosendahl supported the plumbing changes, but wanted to know what his constituents could do.
“Fix leaks,” responded a DWP official.
DWP officials hastened to add that response to the two-day lawn watering ordinances that came into effect in the City of Los Angeles on June 1 have produced the second lowest June demand for water on record.
Click on the Leed-certified Convention Center mens room to be taken to the City Clerk’s records of the legislation.