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New Ordinance Aims to Solve L.A.'s Water Problems through Conservation

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at 05:24PM
Water Conservation Press Conference Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Council President Eric Garcetti is joined by Councilwoman Jan Perry, Mary Leslie of the Los Angeles Business Council, Convention Center head Pouria Abbassi and DWP GM David Nahai at a press conference to talk about the city's new water efficiency ordinanc

Los Angeles could save a billion gallons of water yearly thanks to an ordinance passed by City Council today. The new rules require that fixtures installed in the city meet low-flow guidelines.

"We don't have a water supply problem in Los Angeles," said Council President Eric Garcetti at a press conference held earlier in the morning. "We have a water conservation problem."

The new ordinance reduced the allowable water usage in toilets, urinals, faucets, showerheads and other fixtures. Toilets are reduced from 1.6 to 1.28 gallons per flush, while urinals are reduced from one gallon to 0.5 gallons. The rules apply to new construction, but will also govern fixtures put in to replace broken ones in existing structures.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who chairs the council's Energy and Environment committee, praised the various city departments involved in the effort. "We all are working together to address out growing need for water conservation," said Perry.

The morning press conference was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which last year installed ultra-low flush urinals and a new dishwasher in the main kitchen. Together, those changes are estimated to save 1.5 million gallons of water annually.

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