Arizona lawmakers have proposed a new bill requiring toilets, faucets, and other faucets sold in the state to work more efficiently to conserve water.
“This is really a kind of race to catch up with our code [where] Technology is today ” said Bill sponsor Rep. Kirsten Engel, D-Tucson, according to KJZZ. “And [hopefully] It makes people think about what they are buying. “
House bill 2737 includes devices sold at retailers such as Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ace Hardware.
The bill is supported by both parties, with Republican representatives Noel Campbell, Kevin Payne, Republican Senator Frank Pratt and Democratic Senator Lisa Otondo supporting the proposal.
HB 2737 would require newly installed toilets to meet 1.28 gallons per flush (GPF). This standard complies with federal criteria administered under the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. While the EPA doesn’t mandate the WaterSense program, the Federal government certifies fixtures These are available from most major retailers and wholesalers.
The bill would define a “plumbing fixture” as “a toilet tap, toilet tap replacement aerator, kitchen tap, kitchen tap replacement aerator, shower head, urinal, toilet, evaporative cooler or decorative fountain”. The fitting does not contain any parts that are required for routine maintenance. “
In the event of a law, HB 2737 would emulate rules in states such as Texas, Colorado, California, Oregon, and New York, all of which require WaterSense-certified fixtures for all new builds. These conditions also require 1.28 GPF when replacing toilets in existing designs.
Scottsdale is one of the few major Arizona metropolitan areas that currently requires WaterSense-compliant and certified equipment for new builds within city limits, KJZZ reported.
HB 2737 was introduced into the house on first reading on Tuesday.