California's Water Conserving Plumbing Fixture Law

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA BRE# 01499004

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:                                                 Shower head

* 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.




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Thanks for a helpful reminder about this compliance disclosure.

Jan 02, 2017 08:14 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi DeeDee

Thanks for sharing this. I was reading about it the other day and there are important things for agents, and homeowners (particularly sellers) to know about this disclosure. We have retrofitting required already in San Diego and some other communities!


Jan 02, 2017 08:18 PM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

DeeDee Happy New Year long time no connect ... hope all is well. This post is so important because this time the law is more difficult to circumvent, than before and it could be an issue at the closing table, Endre

Jan 02, 2017 11:11 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Nice post, and thank you for sharing this nugget with the California folks.  A

Jan 03, 2017 12:52 PM #4
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Jeff Dowler Endre Barath, Jr. Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Thank you all for your comments.  There is a lot of information on the CAR website for us members but nothing I could share directly with buyers and sellers, hence my post.  Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2017!

Jan 04, 2017 01:35 PM #5
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