Friday, November 25, 2016

Property owners pressed as new SF water efficiency standards loom

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
At least a third of San Francisco’s commercial properties risk running afoul of city law requiring water-efficient toilets and faucets by the end of the year.

A 2009 conservation ordinance, which established some of the state’s most aggressive building codes even before California’s historic drought began, would leave thousands of property owners on the hook for monthly fines if they don’t swap out their old plumbing fixtures soon.

City officials estimate that 30 percent of San Francisco’s 160,000 commercial toilets do not meet efficiency standards that go into effect Jan. 1 — a maximum of 1.6 gallons of water per flush. About 86 percent of urinals and 20 percent of showerheads fall short.

The ordinance also requires water-efficient faucets, but the city doesn’t have estimates on how many may be subpar.
There's more:
Water-wasting fixtures, though, can no longer be offered in stores. All toilets and faucets sold in California, as of this year, were required to meet new statewide efficiency standards, which satisfy San Francisco law as well.
Religion update, out there in San Francisco.