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2017-03-26 12:09:13
Did you know? Water-conserving plumbing fixtures

DID YOU KNOW? California law is now requiring property owners of houses built before 1994 to install water-conserving plumbing fixtures by 2017 for single-family residences. Additionally, if a property is altered or improved after 2014, then water-conseving plumbing fixtures must be installed as a condition of final permit approval (Cal. Civ. Code section 1101.4).

WHY? The legislature thinks that water conservation is a cost effective approach to the challenges created by not having enough water.

WHEN? The requirement for installation is not immediate, but will take effect in later years depending on the type of property or whether improvements were made.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF 'NON-COMPLIANT FIXTURE'? The law calls for installation of water-conserving plumbing fixtures only when the existing plumbing fixtures are 'non-compliant'. Non-compliant plumbing fixture means (1) any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, (2) any urinal manufactured to use more than one gallon of water per flush, (3) any shower head manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute, (4) any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute (Cal. Civ. Code section 1101.3).

DOES THIS APPLY TO ALL TYPES OF PROPERTIES? No. The law only applies to property built and available for use on or before January 1, 1994 (Cal. Civ. Code section 1101.2).

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