AquaNazis in DeKalb

Courtesy of Robbie Honerkamp.

If you live in DeKalb County, the county commissioners have a surprise for you.

A new proposed ordinance that would take effect January 1, 2008 (the “Inefficient Plumbing Fixtures Replacement Plan”) will require homeowners to:

# Replace all toilets with ultra low flow toilets (1.6 gallons per flush)
# Replace all showerheads with low flow showerheads (less than 2 gallons per minute: the proposed ordinance states both 2 and 2.5 as the limit for showers, but 2 is stated after 2.5)
# Replace all lavatory faucets with low flow faucets (less than 2.5 gallons per minute)
# Replace all kitchen faucets with low flow faucets (less than 2.2 gallons per minute)

Commercial property owners must do all of the above, but additionally:

# Replace all urinals with ultra low flow urinals (1 gallon per flush)

It will be illegal to:

# Sell any property unless it has been completely retrofitted. Sellers must pay for and provide a certificate of compliance to the buyer.
# Get water service from the county without providing the certificate of compliance (if you’ve purchased the property after 31 Dec 2007).

Home owners that don’t follow the new ordinance will end up in court and subject to fines. Real estate agents (both buyer and seller agents) who don’t notify their clients of the new ordinance will also get hit with fines.

This ordinance will be up for a vote on December 27 at the County Commission meeting (item F4 on the agenda). The Atlanta Board of Realtors is trying to get the word out about this. Please contact your commissioner and CEO Jones ASAP, and come to the commission meeting tomorrow night.

Copy of the ordinance


  1. atlantaman says:

    I’ll give Dekalb credit, at least they got the balls to require all homes to change over right away versus waiting until the house sells. Some of these other counties who want to wait until the house sells to change the plumbing aren’t doing one bit of good for the immediate drought problem, are not being intellectually honest and don’t have one iota of political courage.

    I still think overall it’s a bad idea, but at least they are being honest with the voters are not trying to score political points up front with delayed pain when various owners try to sell their homes.

  2. DMZDave says:

    Does everyone understand we are about to run out of the water to flush any toilet low flow or otherwise? Those measures may seem harsh but if it would save millions of gallons of treated water per year, water that we don’t have. Apparently someone in Dekalb is showing some damn leadership in the middle of a water crisis? What’s up with that? They could be a little more creative and reward good behavior with reduced water bills for those that conserve but at least they are trying to get ahead of the problem and hopefully continue to permit growth. Anyone ever notice that base of root of conservative is conserve?

    Of course another thought is that closing the bars at 2:00 in the morning might save a couple thousand flushes a night as well.

  3. StevePerkins says:

    I wouldn’t back a plan to make everyone change their appliances just to maintain water service. However, requiring the retrofitting when a home is bought or sold is just a no-brainer. I can’t believe that with the state so vulnerable to water scarcity, that people would continue to bury their heads in the sand with the notion that NO behavior changes will EVER be necessary. Conservatism and libertarianism are not a “suicide pact”.

    I crap in low-flow toilets all the time, and the poop goes right on down. “AquaNazis”?!? Give me a break… I guess I’m just less full of crap than others.

  4. Doug Deal says:

    I can’t wait for the no-knock water warrants.

    Maybe we could have neighborhood roll calls where every morning everyone gets called out of their house while police do inspections.

  5. Phaedrus says:

    The proposed ordinance as originally written places the burden of retrofitting on the seller of a property. It is not an across the board plan, it is a retrofit at resale plan. The Commissioners moved to defer the vote until December 11th in order to look into alternative ideas, and there will be a public hearing at the Maloof Building in Decatur next Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 P.M.

  6. joe says:

    If the counties that are so short of water had built a reservoir or two in the last 26 years, they wouldn’t even suggest such draconian measures. PPPP = Piss Poor Prior Planning

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