- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah residents planning on upgrading their water heaters will have to purchase low-emission versions after Nov. 1, 2017.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1JRRBCd ) that the Utah Air Quality Board passed a rule Wednesday preventing the sale or installation of residential hot water heaters that do not qualify as ultra-low nitrogen oxide emitters after that date.

Officials say the change is expected to reduce area-source emissions of nitrogen oxide by 35 percent by 2024.

The late rollout date comes after Questar Gas asked the board to delay the ban so the company could test how the new systems perform with different grades of gas. The quality of natural gas delivered throughout Utah varies.

Officials found the price difference between high- and low-emission water heater models is about $10.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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