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L.A. requires water-saving fixtures

July 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles City Council has approved new rules to help cut down on water use in Los Angeles. In a 13 to zero vote on Wednesday, council members approved an ordinance that requires new construction and home upgrades to use water-saving fixtures.

The new ordinance requires that new buildings and remodeled homes use low-flow faucets, toilets, urinals, shower heads, dishwashers and energy-efficient air conditioners.

California is in its third year of a drought. City officials say the new guidelines could save about 1 billion gallons of water per year.

The head of the Department of Water and Power backed the proposal.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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