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Colorado Close To Ban On Water-Wasting Plumbing

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DENVER (AP) – Inefficient faucets, toilets and showerheads moved closer to becoming illegal in Colorado Thursday when the state House gave preliminary approval to the proposal to phase out low-efficiency fixtures.

The measure would prohibit the sale of water-wasting plumbing fixtures by 2016. The measure passed after a lively debate full of potty humor.

“If you like your toilet, you can keep it,” joked Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins and sponsor of the measure.

Republicans skewered the proposal as government intrusion into private decisions like showering and using the restroom.

“Let us make our own decisions on how many times to flush,” said Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono.

The bill would make it illegal to sell new faucets, showerheads and toilets that aren’t certified by the federal government as efficient “WaterSense” fixtures.

The Senate has already passed the bill, so after one more House vote, the plumbing measure awaits the governor’s signature.

Supporters call the toilet bill a serious attempt that can save up to 13 billion gallons of water by 2050.

“We have a responsibility to conserve water in Colorado,” argued Joe Salazar, D-Thornton.

Republicans tried in vain to change the measure so that it would apply only to the Denver area. Those attempts failed, as did efforts to exempt people using wells.

Democrats insisted the change needs to apply to all because all will benefit from water conservation.

“This really is a great way to show leadership,” said Rep. Cherliyn Peniston, D-Westminster.

LINK: Senate Bill 103

- By Kristen Wyatt, AP Writer

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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