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UTL-2.01 - Water Efficient Plumbing Standards

WATER EFFICIENCT PLUMBING STANDARDS
Non-Binding City Policy
NCP-UTL-2.01

 
PURPOSE
 
WHEREAS, water efficient plumbing fixture standards were adopted in Oregon in 1992, requiring installation of water-efficient showerheads with a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute; low-volume faucet aerators with a flow rate of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute;  toilets with a flush volume of 1.6 gallons per flush; and urinals with a flush volume of 1 gallon per flush for new construction and remodels;  and
 
WHEREAS, the Portland City Council was on record in 1992 in support of the Oregon standards and subsequently of the proposed 1992 amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act which required the same water efficient plumbing standards;  and
 
WHEREAS, a bipartisan agreement among Members of Congress resulted in approval of the amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (PL 102-486) which required the same water efficient plumbing standards;  and
 
WHEREAS, plumbing manufacturers revised their production lines to meet the federal standards and have been producing water-efficient plumbing products since 1992;  and
 
WHEREAS, the water savings attributed to plumbing code changes are referred to as "naturally occurring conservation"; and
 
WHEREAS, with water efficient plumbing fixtures installed just in new homes nationally last year, will result in savings of 1.6 billion gallons of water in 1999, enough to fill 1.2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools;  and
 
WHEREAS, Portland citizens have reduced their water use by up to 15% since 1992, some related to naturally occurring conservation - plumbing fixture changes that won't be reversed;  and
 
WHEREAS, 82 Co-Sponsors have introduced HR 623, an amendment to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, which would eliminate the water-efficient plumbing standards;  and
 
WHEREAS, over 70 associations, water providers, local governments, environmental organizations, labor organizations, citizen interest organizations, and plumbing manufacturers and contractors have joined together to draft and support the "Position Statement on National Water Efficiency Standards" which opposes HR 623; and
 
WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the City of Portland to join in opposition of HR 623.

 
POLICY
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Portland continues to support water efficient plumbing standards in Oregon and nationally;  and be it
 
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Council opposes HR 623;  and be it
 
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Portland supports the "Position Statement on National Water Efficiency Standards" and with the coalition of other entities adds its voice to the opposition of HR 623.

 
HISTORY
 
Adopted by Resolution No. 35809, effective July 28, 1999.