California State Law will enact new low flow toilet, shower, and sink regulations starting January 1, 2017 for all homes built prior to 1994. The important part of this law is that it is NOT a point on sale law. Which means, any pre-1994 home will need to change out plumbing fixtures that are not already implemented with low flow replacements.
California Civil Law 1101.1-1101.9 states the following will need to be addressed to meet new regulations:
• Any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
• Any showerhead 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.
As a Real Estate Broker performing management responsibilities for my clients, I will be issuing notices to owners on all our pre-94 properties. Feel Good Property Management will conduct quick inspections on all plumbing fixtures and, if the home is not in compliance, it will be scheduled for new fixtures. If you are a homeowner, you can easily check your home and align yourself with the regulation. If you are a landlord, it may be a good time to do an interior inspection on your rental and make sure you are ready for the new law.
Article by Bethany Luchetta, Feel Good Property Management Broker