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Submetering water in multi-family and commercial properties is no longer an option for property owners in the state of Georgia. The recently approved Water Stewardship Act makes Georgia the first state to pass a law requiring that all multi-family and commercial units are submetered by July of 2012.

According to MHN Online, California and Texas are not far behind in adopting plumbing standards similar to those in Georgia. The standards will not take effect in California and Texas until the year 2014. However, the San Diego, CA city council recently approved an ordinance requiring newly constructed multi-family properties with three or more units in the city to install water submeters, which went into effect June 1, 2010.

The desire for mandatory submetering stretches beyond American borders. Toronto, ON has also seen a great amount of lobbying for a proposed Energy Consumer Protection Act. The act would enforce that all newly constructed properties are submetered and voluntary in existing buildings.

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