OXNARD : Council to Study Water-Saving Steps

The Oxnard City Council will consider requiring builders to install water-saving fixtures in existing homes and buildings and to study a water-reclamation program that could include a desalination plant. By a 5-0 vote Tuesday, council members decided to seek advice about the retrofitting plan from developers and officials of other Ventura County cities that have imposed such a program.

The plan would require builders to offset increased water usage in new projects by installing water-saving devices in existing structures.

Paul Trion, a representative of the Building Industries Assn., warned that, under a proposal by the Community Development Department, "the projected cost to builders would be about $5,400 per residential unit."

The reclamation program, which would process waste water for irrigation and other uses, could include desalination and power-generating plants, Public Works Director James Frandsen said.

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