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Goodbye Bidets. Buenos Aires Ready to Update Building Codes

  • City government votes Thursday on series of housing measures
  • Housing code created in 1943, hasn’t been updated since 1977
A matching bidet and toilet
A matching bidet and toilet

Photographer: Getty Images

The city government of Buenos Aires is set to approve a series of housing reforms Thursday that include eliminating a requirement that homes have bidets and bathtubs.

Current housing codes -- set in place in 1943 and last updated in 1977 -- state that bidets and bathtubs must be built in all homes. The fountains have become a cultural staple in Buenos Aires, a city of three million people that clings to its European roots.