Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures for Single Family Homes By January 1, 2017

Back in October, 2009, the California state legislature approved a law that requires single family residences to convert over to water-conserving plumbing fixtures (from non conservative ones) by January 1, 2017. The law applies to residences built and available for use on or before January 1, 1994. As well, sellers of such properties must disclose whether the residence has any noncompliant water fixtures.

That’s just 1 month and 3 weeks away—fast approaching if you’ve been unaware of this law. A similar law for multi-family and commercial properties goes into affect January 1, 2019.

Here is what a noncompliant fixture means:

– 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 showerhead manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute; and (4) any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.  (Civ. Code Sec. 1101.3)

Additionally, up until December 2016 a single family residence undergoing alteration of improvement the water-conserving fixtures must be part of the final permit approval.