City of LA adopts water conservation measures

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The Los Angeles City Council has passed a wide-ranging ordinance aimed at improving water conservation in the city. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

The Department of Water and Power says Los Angeles imports 85 percent of its water. The ordinance the city council passed is aimed at conserving more of that water. It requires water efficient fixtures in new buildings.

Owners of old buildings in L.A. must fix broken plumbing and fixtures. Lower-flow toilets are among the new standards in houses. Public bathrooms must have sink faucets that shut off automatically.

Commercial dishwashing systems have to meet lower flow requirements. City Council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti say all those new fixtures could save a billion gallons of water. The ordinance goes to Mayor Villaraigosa for his signature.