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.