Change building codes to reduce landscape watering
02/20/2014 11:02 AM
02/20/2014 2:40 PM
Re "$687 million tagged for drought aid" (Page A1, Feb. 20): California has modified the state building code to require more efficient toilets, shower heads, and faucets for both new construction as well as remodels.
This is fine as far as it goes, but about half of all potable water is used for landscape irrigation.
Whether you build a house, apartments, an office, or a warehouse, it has to have landscaping, which of course requires a disproportionate amount of water. Until building codes are rewritten to permit little or no landscaping, California's water shortage can only get worse.
-- John Jaeger, Irvne
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