California Sets Standard for Clothes Washers
California Governor Gray Davis signed into law on September 12th a bill requiring old, inefficient washing machines to be replaced with water-efficient ones by 2007. New washers must now meet a standard of using 9.5 gallons of water to wash one cubic foot of laundry, which is well below the 13.3 gallons used on average by washers sold in 1994. The measure comes as the West heads into its fourth straight year of drought, and as neighboring states clamor for a bigger share of the Colorado River. Source: Daniel B. Wood article in the September 12, 2002 issue of the Christian Science Monitor.