A new California law requires that single family homes built before 1994 must be supplied with water conserving plumbing fixtures. Many homeowners and sellers are unaware of this because the state law went into full effect on January 1, 2017. Although the sellers are not required to replace fixtures they must make a disclosure on whether or not their property has non-compliant water conserving plumbing fixtures.
Water conserving plumbing fixtures include low flow toilets, showers, and faucets. The following are considered a non-compliant water plumbing fixture:
-Any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush
-Any urinal manufactured to use more than 1 gallon per flush
-Any shower head manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute
-Any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute
The purpose behind the new water conservation law is to promote economic and environmental health.
The water conservation law may not be a big deal to some homeowners but being informed and understanding the new law may save them from a lawsuit and up to thousands of dollars. This state law also impacts multi-unit and commercial properties as well. The best way to find out if your house is up to date with plumbing fixtures is to contact a local contractor or plumber for an inspection.
Your local government or water conservation agency may provide you free shower heads and rebates to replace old fixtures with water-conserving fixtures.
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