Ordinance hopes to limit L.A. water
A Los Angeles ordinance would cut water use and play a big role for building designers in the area.
A new water ordinance in Southern California may save over 1 billion gal/year for the next 20 years and could have a large affect on engineers and building owners.
According to LAist , the ordinance will impose new water efficiency guidelines for toilets, urinals, faucets, showerheads, dishwashers, single-pass cooling systems, and cooling towers in new buildings and for the replacement of broken fixtures in existing buildings within Los Angeles.
Specific guidelines for water use are described in the ordinance, such as limits for how much water may be used for showerheads and commercial dishwashers, as well as requirements for the type of faucets place in public restrooms. The water savings set forth in the ordinance are the equivalent of nobody in L.A. flushing a toilet for an entire month.
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