In 2009 a law was passed in California requiring property owners with properties built before 1994 to retrofit water-conserving plumbing fixures when the existing fixtures are non-compliant. That law went into effect for single family residences on January 1, 2017 and goes into effect for multi-family and commercial properties January 1, 2019. Additionally, if a property is altered or improved after January 1, 2014, then water-conserving plumbing fixtures must be installed as a condition of final permit approval.
Non-compliant plumbing fixtures are:
* Toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
* Urinals using more than 1 gallon of water per flush.
* Showerheads with a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
* Interior faucets that emit more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute.
Most fixures on the market after 1994 were to the water conserving compliancy so if you replaced things since then, they are likely fine.
Our seller disclosure forms address the question if the seller knows whether they have fixtures that are water conserving but doesn't specifiy if they are all in compliance.
Sellers, if your property was built after January 1, 1994, you're in the clear but if not.... heads up!
Buyers, if you are buying a property built before 1994, talk with your agent about this and get clarity on your options.