Mandating water efficiency

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Read More March 7, 2017 – The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation was 20.5 percent in January, an increase from the 17.2 percent savings in January 2016, when state-mandated conservation targets were in place.

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California is the best-known example of a state dealing with severe drought conditions and water shortages. Water conservation is difficult without water efficiency.

Lessons Learned: Toilets and Water Efficiency How did the legislation get ahead of the technology? Energy Policy Act of 1992 made those “low-flow” toilets a requirement for new homes and home remodels nationally by 1994, based in part on the water-savings realized in countries that used such toilets.

In the late 1980s, several state governments began restricting residential toilets to 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf), down from 3.5 gpf, in spite of testimony and public outreach by Plumbing Manufacturers International that Americans would experience a flushing performance they might find unacceptable. But American consumers had different plumbing systems, preferences and expectations for their toilets than consumers in other parts of the world; hence, the industry’s expressed concerns.

Read More January 4, 2017 – The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation was 18.8 percent in November, a decrease from 19.6 percent in October and below the 20.2 percent savings in November 2015, when state-mandated conservation targets were in place.

The State Water Board stressed the need for continued conservation given that Central and Southern California remain in drought conditions and the statewide snowpack is below average despite recent storms. 6, 2016 – The State Water Resources Control Board today announced that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation was 19.5 percent in October, up from 18.3 percent in September and a bit below the 22.3 percent savings in October 2015, when state-mandated conservation targets were in place.

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