WHEREAS, Southern California faces long-term water resource challenges and imports much of its water over great distances, and at great expense, from environmentally valuable areas; and
WHEREAS, large amounts of potable water are wasted on watering lawns and golf courses, flushing toilets and for other purposes that do not require pure drinking water; at the same time, we continue to dump vast amounts of reusable water into the ocean; and
WHEREAS, this reusable water, called gray water, with simple technologies, can be salvaged from showers, sinks, bathtubs and washing machines and reused for landscaping and flushing toilets or returned to the aquifer; the use of gray water along with other water conservation methods can help us meet California’s water needs;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls upon local mayors, city councils and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to develop building codes that require water conservation systems including gray water recycling, porous landscaping, cisterns and other water-saving technologies; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we will communicate this resolution to the members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the members of the Los Angeles City Council along with Mayor Eric Garcetti and to the Southern California Association of Governments.
Submitted by Cara Robin, AD 62 and the West LA Democratic Club
Adopted by LACDP 5/8/15