Water Conservation in Del Mar
Water conservation has always been an important issue in our state, but this four-year drought is by far the worst since California started keeping records in the 1800’s. Using water efficiently is a responsibility we all share and is critical to the continued enjoyment of our ideal Del Mar climate and lifestyle. In April 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed a drought state of emergency and ordered a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water use.
The existing 2009 water conservation laws had already stated changes to the following noncompliant plumbing fixtures:
- Any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
- Any showerhead manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
- Any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.
- Any urinal manufactured to use more than one gallon of water per flush.
New Water Saving Legislation:
The new legislation will impact all existing residential properties in California that were built prior to 1994 as well as new housing:
- ALL single-family homes to have all noncompliant plumbing fixtures retrofitted with more efficient models by 2017. The law applies now for any current remodels or home alterations.
- Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, a seller or transferor of most types of real property is to disclose to a purchaser or transferee, in writing, the requirements for replacing plumbing fixtures and whether their real property includes noncompliant plumbing.
- Land use planning laws require builders to ensure an adequate 20-year water supply for all new housing. Without conservation, there will not be adequate water for new construction.
As residents of Del Mar, now is the time for us to reevaluate the way we use water. The infographic below highlights the water consumption in a typical 3-bedroom single family home in California and hints at a few water saving solutions: